I should explain

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When I was asking what was my mom thinking, I was not criticizing at all.

I think my mom did a fabulous job. And, I’m pretty sure I turned out all right, and so did my sister. I don’t have a police record or anything. And, while I did get some freedoms, there were also other things she was very strict on.

In fact, the reason my mom was more lenient with me? I was a really good kid. Too good. I was so scared of getting into trouble that I really didn’t do anything bad (well, except the driving thing). And, I was/am a prude. My mom knew that she could trust me whole-heartedly.

For example, every year on the night before the first day of school, the seniors would tp the main drive into the school. A bunch of friends and I went and met up with some other friends. It was tradition. Everybody knew it, nobody ever got in trouble for it. However, when I got there, I noticed that some people were drinking and smoking (and let’s just say it wasn’t tobacco).

So, you know what I did? I left. Immediately. I didn’t even want to be guilty by association.

When I went home and told my mom was what going on and why I left. She was proud of me.

I’ve actually never smoked a cigarette, or that funny other stuff. I’ve never smoked anything (not even a turkey…I crack myself up).

I know I gave some pretty extreme examples yesterday, but really, those were the only two things I could think of.

My point was, while we were able to do things (or not able to do them) we are going to have different rules and regulations than our parents. And, yes, we are going to be hypocrites. Because, really, aren’t all parents?

PS About the staying the night thing; it was once. And did you see above where I said I was/am a prude. It was true then, too!

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22 Comments

  1. I think my comment yesterday was one of the ones that made you question your post. I didn’t mean it like that! I knew exactly where you were going with the post. And we do change things up as we parent. Mostly, I fall in line with my own parents.

  2. You are too cute! Your mom did a great job raising you and Em!!
    I knew exactly what you meant by your post!
    Were people really smoking and drinking when we tp’d the school?!?!
    I must have been really naive..I dont think I even knew that! lol
    I was scared out of my mind though doing that..I just knew we would be the first class that got in trouble for it! lol
    Wow…10 years ago..thats just crazy!!

  3. “not even a turkey” – ROFL! You sound like one of my dear friends! Too funny!

  4. I sound a lot like you in this department…My mom keeps a good eye on me, so I don’t get away with much. I’m the oldest though. I’m sure my little brother will have it a lot worse as far as my mom being strict goes. I’m not a huge rebel child, but I have my moments 🙂

    Love, Mere

  5. Don’t worry, Krystyn! I think we all have those “what were they thinking” thoughts about our own parents. And I am sure that someday our kids will wonder the same thing about us!

  6. I totally get where you are coming from! There are lots of things my parents let me “get away” with (and I, too, was a good kid who never got into any trouble) that I STILL won’t be letting my child do. I think that’s totally normal!

  7. yeah, I would say your mom did a pretty good job considering how you turned out 🙂 the more you are trust-worthy, the more you can do!

    I dont know about you, but in HS I would argue constantly with my mom, but now that I am older (and wiser) she has become one of my best friends 🙂 I guess it was ‘growing pains’??

  8. My parents were very strict with me growing up- but by the time I got to high school, they trusted me and I never did anything bad, never had a curfew, etc.

    Now my siblings on the other hand- they weren’t raised as strict and they’re crazy!

  9. Sparkette says:

    I wasn’t thinking any worse for the wear on your mom or you! Enjoyed the story…that was it 🙂

  10. I read the post but didn’t read the comments. But I think your post was fine. Geez some people and always passing judgement.

  11. pretty sure you didn’t need to explain. i totally understood.

    and for the record i think we are long lost sisters.

    i was exactly the same way.

    still am.

  12. Ahh yes, sometimes I have to explain myself in posts too. A lot of people tend to get insulted because I like to bargain shop apparently. I’ll get a comment like, “Shopping AGAIN?” and I want to be all, “But hello? These things were 75% off! This means I don’t have to buy a coat full price NEXT year..”

    Oh, I’ve never smoked either. Not even a turkey 😉

  13. I think we all get away with things we won’t let our kids do…although when the time comes, we might trust them more than we think we will! HA!

  14. girl, you were good 🙂 i was however, NOT ! 🙂 And got away with Waaaayyy too much!

  15. We learn from our mistakes. It’s not hypocrisy. At least…I keep telling myself that! ;oD

    I was the same way you are now and back then too, and my mom didn’t trust me as far as she could throw me!

    Some people get all the luck….

    ;oD

  16. OMG you and I are so much alike. I was/am a prude and had similar situations in high school.

  17. Did people give you crap yesterday for your post? I didn’t find anything at all wrong with it.

    Never much of a prude though…maybe that’s why my mom was too strict! Haha…I kill myself 😉

  18. I totally got what you meant by the last post. I think that about some of the things my mom has done and said to me growing up. And I still think she was the greatest mom in the world. But everybody makes mistakes. And now I won’t make the same mistakes (but probably a ton of different mistakes). Still, sometimes I do wonder what she was thinking. 😉

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