Growing up in my parents’ household was pretty easy. My mom and dad are the liberal, soft-hearted, easy-going types who never really seemed to see the value in going overboard with lots of rules and regulations, and as such, I never really had a ton to deal with. This isn’t to say that my parents weren’t deeply involved in my academic life life–my mom knew the names of every single one of my teachers, and grew panicky if I befriended someone whose parents she didn’t know personally, since she prides herself on being the most well-connected person in our town–but, as long as my grades were good and I wasn’t, like, ingesting trans fats (Daphne and Jim are very passionate about organic food), I was pretty free to do as I pleased.
Or, at least, I thought I was, until I saw #GrowingUpWithLenientParents trending last night. I was excited to see this, since strict parents tend get most of the attention on the internet and, as someone who once had to ask my parents to ground me after getting a bad grade on a chemistry exam sophomore year, I thought I could relate. But my parents are, like, literal Tiger Parents compared to some of the moms and dads featured on this hashtag. So, whether your parents are lenient, strict, or somewhere in the middle, check out these #GrowingUpWithLenientParents tweets:
1. The curfew does not exist:
mom: what time did you get home last night
mom: did you guys have fun #GrowingUpWithLenientParents
— calyssa #GER (@calyssaxo) June 29, 2016
2. Really. It doesn’t:
"Are you staying in tonight?"
"No I'm out"
"Ok make sure you have key to get in"
— go-getter (@GavBurl) June 29, 2016
3. When your parents never say no, so you straight-up have to lie if you want to get out of something:
if I've ever told you "my mom said no" I'm lying, she ain't ever said no to me a day in my life #growingupwithlenientparents
— nora (@norachristine_) June 29, 2016
4. Or use “I’ll ask my mom” purely as a stalling technique:
#GrowingUpWithLenientParents when I say "I'll ask my mom" it means "I don't want to go"
— squinn (@SavannahCrowder) June 29, 2016
5. Since you’re going to have to ask them to deny you anything:
*texts mom before*"say no" *deletes*
Me:hey can I spend the night w my friend?
..Me: aw see she said no
— lex (@Avae__) June 29, 2016
Being the only friend who doesn't have to sneak out and lie about where I'm going and who I'm with #GrowingUpWithLenientParents
— Brittany (@brittanyann482) June 29, 2016
7. Does your mom know where you are at any point of the day? If so, you don’t really have lenient parents:
— kiles (@kilesyo) June 29, 2016
8. You don’t even have to scam lenient parents–they just scam themselves:
"how much do you need?"
"going to the movies so around $10 and-
"Well I only have 3 20s so just take that"#growingupwithlenientparents
— dangerous cameron (@GrandesDevotion) June 29, 2016
9. What a freeing experience:
#GrowingUpWithLenientParents making plans with your friends w/o asking first bc you know they'll say yes.
— ty (@JayMaria2k12) June 29, 2016
10. Restrictions? What are those?
#GrowingUpWithLenientParents I've never had my phone taken away and I have never been grounded
— rose (@styleshozier) June 29, 2016
11. No, really. Explain the concept please:
— charlie (@tangyobrien) June 29, 2016
12. *Angel Emoji*
— quinty (@arianapurpose) June 29, 2016
13. School = an unnecessary inconvenience, tbh:
When your parents lie to the school that you're "sick" just because you're not in a mood to go to the school.#GrowingUpWithLenientParents
— Komal Shahid. (@ArmedWithWords) June 29, 2016
14. Just try an prove anything otherwise:
Teachers: "I'm calling your parents"
Me: "Go ahead lmao wait I'll call them for you"
— Saira (@arsenicwriter) June 29, 2016
15. Get you a parent who can do both:
When their lenient yet strict and it confuses you because you never know when they'll switch it up on ya #growingupwithlenientparents
— Avery (@AFashionatto) June 29, 2016
16. Of course, there are those who just straight-up cannot relate:
— petty labelle (@SisterMaryyy) June 29, 2016
17. It’s written right on their face:
— Dina Mehmedovic (@ahmedina_m) June 29, 2016
18. You can always…imagine, I guess?
— Common White Girl (@girlposts) June 29, 2016
19. Must be nice:
#GrowingUpWithLenientParents saying "im going" instead of "can i go?"
— jenniferrrrrr (@zaraftastrid) June 29, 2016
Are your parents strict or lenient? Which of these tweets was your fave? Let us know in the comments!
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