My parents are usually seen as overprotective, and I know they come across this way because they are very caring. The problem is that they seem to have trouble loosening their grip over me.
My parents are the type of people who are reluctant to let me go to the mall/movies with friends, to people's homes, to my volunteer position at a retirement home, or even to my job. They distrust everyone, which I completely understand. I understand that although I am 18, I am by no means an experienced adult; I am in many ways still a child.
But in a few months, I'll be in college and there will be times where I will need to walk alone at night or go to a volunteer event where there is no "adult" supervision. I can't call my parents everytime I need to go somewhere and ask for their permission to do so.
I'm very close to my parents, and I don't want them to worry. But at the same time, I feel obligated to obtain their permission for every aspect of my life. I don't think I can continue like this in college. How can I approach them in a non-accusatory way to let them know that I need to start my independence? As they always say: they trust me, but it's other people they can't trust. To them, I'm still their little girl and they just can't seem to loosen their control.