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My parents are extremly overprotective. - April 23rd 2009, 12:06 AM

I hate it. They try to control every inch of my life. I know this is a normal teen complaint, but mine are excessivly controlling/overprotective. I can't see R rated movies, and they have to "review" a PG-13 movie, before I can see it.

Another example is this concert coming up. I really, really want to go. They won't let me. I've let them listen to the bands music (it's accoustic), showed them pictures of the venue (it's small), and they still said no. They're reason? The venue serves alchoal, and it won't be a good "envornment."

I'm just so sick of it. I used to be able to put up with it, but it's getting so frustrating. I'm a good kid, I don't know what they're problem is. Every single one of my friends has mentioned how over-protective they are.

What can I do? Both for long run, and for the concert? Any help is appreciated.


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Re: My parents are extremly overprotective. - April 23rd 2009, 12:29 AM

Hi there,

I think that your parents are being overprotective, but like you said, so are a lot of other parents. It is a regular complaint. You do have valid reason, though.

I don't really understand the movie thing, to be honest. I guess maybe R rated movies have need of some concern, but you're over 13 and should be allowed to watch PG-13 movies no problem. There's not much you can do about it other than talk to them and let them know you can handle it, unless you start having movie nights at your friends' houses (kind of against the family rules there, but if they are just PG-13 movies, then I don't see the big problem).

The concert venue serving alcohol has always been a big thing with parents, believe me. My parents are the same way. I've only ever been to one concert that served alcohol, and I don't think my parents were aware that it did, the rest have been all ages shows.
I do think that it is a valid concern. I'm sure you are responsible, but that doesn't mean a lot about the actions of others at the concert. I don't think anything would really go wrong at an acoustic show, but I guess I can somewhat understand your parents' rule on that.
What you could do is bring along a friend that your parents consider responsible. That might help them feel a little better about it. Or get one of your friends to bring their parent, aunt, uncle, or cool older sibling- someone your parents might believe to be responsible while still a person you can stand being around for the night.

Good luck with pushing the rules! Sometimes it takes time for parents to realize their kids have grown up.

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Re: My parents are extremly overprotective. - April 23rd 2009, 02:59 AM

Yeah, I already watch movies I'm not supposed to at friends houses, I just wish I could do it at my house. And whenever I want to see one they've "forbidden in theatres I have to lie and tell them I'm seein something else. I really wish I didn't have to be so secretive about it all.

And as for the concert, they're pretty adament about me not going. I've even told them I would text ever hour if that would make them feel better. AUGH. This is all just so frustrating.

Multiple times I've attempted to explain that I'm not the same little girl, but it falls on deaf ears.


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