I NOW TOTALLY UNDERSTAND WHY MY PARENTS DIDN'T LET ME...
As a teenager, it was SO UNFAIR that my parents didn't allow me to do/have this stuff. Now I understand why. My teen self is pissed that I'm admitting this publicly.
- •Put bumper stickers on our cars."But dad, why WOULDN'T you want everyone to know that we support AYSO soccer?" I was especially envious of stickers that bragged that the driver's kid was an honor student at such-and-such middle school (my school didn't give those out OR IF THEY DID THEY CLEVERLY HID IT FROM ME). Now I see people with those braggy bumper stickers on the freeway and am like ugh. This might still be partially due to jealousy, but at least partially due to good taste.
- •Talk long-distance for hours at a time.I had a lot of camp friends. We used to watch TV while on the phone together. My parents got the bill and were like ummmmm nope. My response then: WHY DON'T YOU WANT ME TO HAVE FRIENDS?!? My response now: yeah, that's a huge fucking waste of money.
- •Go to weekend keg parties on the golf course.Well, they did actually let me, they just strongly disapproved and told me that if I drank underage not only would I NEVER GET INTO COLLEGE they also would be very disappointed in me. I now have a better idea of why you wouldn't want your 15-year-old daughter trespassing on a golf course with a bunch of teens and booze.
- •Have my boyfriend over when they weren't home.The way I got around this one was that we parked my car in my driveway and made out in it instead. My HS boyfriend most likely wasn't going to rape me, but I now understand why the idea of your daughter being like "yeah, come over, my parents left and they don't care if you're here" was not my parents' favorite.