What is your parenting style?
I am not a parent and I don't plan to be for at least a few more years. I would say that I grew up in a somewhat sheltered household. My parents raised my 2 younger sisters and I in a Christian home. If it matters, I consider myself agnostic nowadays. I don't want to say anything bad about my parents, but I can say that they were quite (and still are) overprotective, maybe to the point that I grew up to be a bit naive about many things.
When I started attending public school after being homeschooled for many years, it was a huge culture shock. I was bullied all throughout middle school and was left with a huge mental imprint - I became withdrawn and more shy. I did not know how things "worked" in the world. I started questioning the faith my parents raised us to follow.
I was not allowed to do much during high school. I didn't get my driver license until after I graduated, and I couldn't really hang out with anyone, even during the summer. I was a typical teenager in that I felt like my parents were the absolute worst, but I didn't talk back (much) and never dared to sneak out at night. I think overall I was a pretty decent kid compared to my peers back then, haha.
I think my parents realized that they had been a bit too overprotective when I ran away from home back in 2010. A lot of stuff changed. Fast forward: I moved back in 2012 due to various circumstances. I see how their parenting style has gone through some changes. They are still very religious and my sisters are still Christian, but I see that they are more lenient on certain things. Sometimes I think it's unfair that I had to go through all the crap while my sisters have it easier, but at the same time I am glad that my parents were open-minded enough to change some things about their parenting style.
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