20 Tweets That Will Make You Feel Better About Having Strict Parents

When I was, say, seven years old, I would have quite readily agreed to give up my younger sister for adoption if it meant that I could watch an episode of Spongebob Squarepants.

This wasn’t because I didn’t like my sister–it was just that my parents were pretty strict and, as a result, I wasn’t allowed to watch TV. We didn’t have cable, either, so even if I could have watched TV, it would have been, like, PBS. I hated this. I wanted to understand the “pineapple under the sea” jokes that my classmates were making. I wanted to be a part of that world (am I mixing up my Ariel and my Spongebob here? I WOULDN’T KNOW.)

So, you heard it here first, folks: strict parents make young children yearn to give away their younger siblings just so they can watch a nonsensical (albeit highly influential) TV show. While I definitely understand my parents motives a lot more now than I did back then, I definitely know the struggle. Here are 16 tweets that also understand what it’s really like when you have strict parents:

1. When they won’t take just your word for anything:

 

2. When you have to choose between being a good friend and following your parents’ rules:

 

3. When they continue to control your behavior even after you move out:

 

4. When your parents are so strict they make you strict. Towards yourself:

 

5. When your friends should have freaking caught on by now, honestly:

 

6. When you see other people doing stuff that is NOT EVEN A SLIGHT POSSIBILITY FOR YOU:

 

7. When this is, like, way too real for you:

 

8. When you don’t even know what to do when you ARE allowed to do something:

 

9. When you’ve been taught not to question things. Ever:

 

10. When your parents don’t even know how much they’re hampering your #SquadGoals:

 

11. When you realize that having strict parents actually just made you really good at deceiving people:

 

12. When you finally realize the trifecta of blessings that strict parents bestow upon you:

 

13. When you get in trouble breaking rules you didn’t know existed:

 

14. When you literally cannot even conceive of what a world where you don’t have to ask permission for things would be like:

 

15. When your parents think that literally everything bad that ever happens to you can be blamed on your phone:

 

16. When you don’t understand why other people think you can just talk back to your parents and also stay alive:

 

17. When the “this could be us but you playin’ meme takes on an unfortunate new meaning for you:

 

18. When it’s like I’M JUST TRYING TO BOND WITH YOU LET ME LIVE:

 

19. When the rules never.stop.changing:

 

20. When a mere picture of Squidward says more about your social life than any words ever could:


Do you have strict parents? Do these tweets get what it’s like? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • meg

    truth

  • Jaytee

    Oh my goodness. This is so accurate, it hurts. ???