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Advice on overprotective parents?
I’m back at home for part of the summer (my college is only a few hours away from my hometown), and my parents and I have already begun to butt heads. We have always been close, especially since I’m an only child (I should also mention that I’m a girl in a Latino household). I try calling them at least once a day while I’m away, and we tend to get along fine. However, when I come home, it’s like I’m back in high school in relation to dating. They never have a problem with me going out, as long as I text them I’m fine and come home at a reasonable hour. But with my boyfriend (who attends the same college as me), they’ve always been a bit stricter. My boyfriend is leaving to visit his sister today in another state for the rest of the week, and I just wanted to spend some time with him before he leaves. I had just spent yesterday with him, but it’s summer, and I have no obligations other than a job I’ll be starting on Monday. Another issue is that when I’m home, my parents like me to ask if I can go somewhere or do something “as a courtesy”, and that of course they’ll say yes. Yet, my parents said no at first because I already spend so much time with him (they also mentioned that a few days won’t kill me), and then finally agreed under the conditions that one of them has to be home. I live in an apartment on-campus, and they are completely aware that he goes over, etc. I don’t understand how this is inappropriate, but I know that this might just be something I have to deal with while I’m home.