Another Boring Weekend:
Dealing with overprotective parents
Rosío Sánchez, Alejandra Nolasco
“No you can’t go out tonight! It’s too dark.” “Mom!!!
It’s only five. C’mon, the sun is still shining; I’ll
be home by 10.” “Do you understand what NO means? You
are too young to go out—something might happen to
you.” “Mom, I’m 16 years old. I’m not a little kid
anymore. Please mom, qué antiquada eres! Why can’t you
let me go out and have some fun with my friends?
Yesterday you let Luis go out ’til midnight and he is
barely 14 years old!!! I don’t think it’s fair, I’m a
teenager and I deserve to have some fun.”
“Mija, just go to your room and do your homework, when
you’re older you’ll be able to go out.” At this point
you are probably thinking of a way to sneak out as you
go to your room and blast music that you know your
parents will hate.
Why do parents have to be so strict? Why can’t they
understand teenagers? Many teens complain about boring
weekends stuck with parents who won’t even let them go
to the store down the block. I know how you feel. We
are teenagers who want to enjoy our life with our
friends. Well, from my point of view parents are
really overprotective; they don’t trust us, and they
don’t let us go out. I don’t think it’s fair!
Teenagers need to learn about the real world.
Teens need to learn to be more responsible, and if our
parents don’t let us go out and make our own mistakes
and learn from them, then we won’t have the
opportunity to know the “real world.” We are growing
up and in a blink of an eye we will be heading to
college. If we are always dependent on our
parents, then we will be most likely to fail when we
move away from them. Our parents are not always going
to be with us our whole lives.
Many teens agree with me. I asked 26 girls and 26 guys
if their parents were overprotective, either not
letting them go out or worrying too much. Well, 21
girls said their parents were overprotective but only
sixteen guys said yes.
Why is that? Is it me, or do parents trust guys more
than girls? “I’m afraid my daughter can end up being
pregnant at a young age and may ruin her future, I
want her to finish her education and be someone
successful in the future,” said Norma Sánchez, a
It’s good that parents worry about their children, but
some of them exaggerate a little. For example, a
fifteen-year-old girl went to a friend’s house that
lives five minutes away from hers, and was there for
about three hours, and her parents were freaking out.
Her parents went to look for her and as a result she
got grounded. Teens deserve to have some fun, parents
need to learn to trust their teen and have more
communication between each other.
“I hate it,” one girl said, “they don’t let me do
certain things so I have to do it when they’re not
Others don’t agree with her. One WHS student said, “I
think that the ones that aren’t overprotective don’t
really care about what happens to their kids.”
Teens, we are going through this “Overprotective
Parent Thing” and it’s no fun at all. We are going
through our teen-age years and we want to have fun. I
recommend speaking with your parents, if you can.
Maybe they do have their reasons, so ask them what
they are. For example, Johnny, a 22 years old
said, “Parents who are overprotective were trouble
makers when they were young; therefore, parents are
overprotective for that reason.” We hope you can
solve your problem and have the freedom you deserve.