I wasn’t grounded as a kid, here’s how it plays into my adult life
Happy Mother’s Day to the moms / parents / caregivers out there! 💐
Here’s a little parenting snack to nosh on this Sunday! I was thinking about my upbringing and would consider myself a pretty straight laced kid. I didn’t talk back to my parents, I’m an only child so I think you grow up with a different dynamic… at least I did. I did get into a little trouble here and there but nothing damaging or detrimental to my future. I didn’t sneak out of the house, I’d just ask to go somewhere and tell my parents where I’d be. I knew if anything was too bad, I could call my parents for help.
When I DID do things a teenager probably shouldn’t have done (gone to house parties I said were just small gatherings, drank at said parties, never drove) and my parents found out, I would never get grounded. In fact, I was never once grounded in my life!
As an adult now, I have theories on how that’s played into my relationship with authority (my therapist has more theories than me I’m sure). But mostly, it makes me brutally honest with “adults” and authority figures — for better or worse. It doesn’t make me hide things and while honesty and transparency is great, it isn’t always the best move haha.
Curious for those here, were you a kid who would get grounded? How did it shape you and your response to that “punishment.” And for those like me, how are ya now?