Your parents would never let you have dessert first.Or, like, dessert in general.You were not allowed to eat in front of the TV.You were not really allowed to eat candy.You were not allowed to watch certain children's shows.You were not allowed to watch unlimited amounts of TV.You were not allowed to watch certain TV channels.You were not allowed to go to sleepovers.Or to host sleepovers.In fact, when you asked about sleepovers, they were like "You can just sleep at home??"Your bedtime was 9 p.m. or earlier.Your bedtime was actually 8 p.m. or earlier.Your friends were scared of your parents.They were also afraid of talking to them on the phone.Your parents went through your computer history.And your phone.And your bag.And like, everything in your room.You'd have to sneak out to buy CDs.And video games and movies.If they found them, they'd throw them away.Your parents picked the clothes you'd wear.Sometimes, you secretly got clothes you liked.And you hid them in your bag and get changed elsewhere so that they wouldn't see.Your parents threatened to wash out your mouth with soap if you swore.They considered relatively harmless words like "stupid" or "dumb" swearing.They wanted you to get straight As at school.When you went to your friends' house, they checked to make sure you were actually there.Your parents asked you to send pictures of where you were as proof.Your parents made you end a friendship.Quite a few, actually.You were never allowed to skip school if you weren't sick.You weren't allowed to sleep in on weekends.You always had chores to do."My house, my rules" was something they said more than once.You were told that certain friends were a "bad influence."You had to be back home earlier than all your friends.You didn't get an allowance.You were not allowed to dye your hair.Or get piercings...Or even **talk** about tattoos.You really envied your friends who had cool parents.You seriously considered asking them to adopt you.Your parents chose all of your schools.They also tried to pick your career.Actually, they did.They never talked to you about sex.If they did, it was only to absolutely forbid you from having the sex.You usually had to clean the whole house before asking for permission to do anything.And even if you left everything sparkling clean, they would still say no.You were not allowed to listen to music while driving.You were sent to your room as punishment.You were not allowed to lock your bedroom door.When you came back from a party, they checked your breath to see if you'd had a drink.You panicked if you saw that you missed a call from your parents.You had a secret boyfriend/girlfriend because you couldn't tell your parents about it.You had to prepare powerpoint presentations to ask for something big, like a dog.You were not allowed to drink soda regularly.You were not allowed to have a cell phone until waaaaay after everyone else.
This post was translated from Spanish.