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Getting Grounded: Having Strict Parents Doesn't Always Suck

As unreal as The Real Housewives of Orange County can be, last night's episode raises an interesting question: can stricter parents be better? Housewife Lynne complains that she can't get her daughter Alexa to do what she says — in this case, showing up for an appointment with a "youthologist" designed to help motivate her.

Alexa tells her mom that she skipped the appointment because she was hungover. Later, she admits that if her parents actually punished her, she might shape up: "If they want to be strict parents, then they should ground me . . . keep me in the house, you know, do something about it."

Of course, she doesn't say this to her mom, because really, who wants to be grounded? Still, sometimes having strict parents or rules like curfews at least makes teens feel like someone cares. What do you think?

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Lyv Lyv 7 years
Well sure living with stricter parents might ensure you a safe future, Ivy League education, bright career & bla bla bla but the missed experiences could really have a toll on you. Basically if you're kid's not a dope addict, criminal, pregnant, slacker or just a plain jackass there's no reason to get any stricter.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
Sometimes I feel that the boundaries put in place by my parents were too strict. I didn't really have a teenagehood because I wasn't allowed out to do the stupid things that kid's do. It's kinda sad cause now that I'm in my early 20's and I'm trying to make up for lost time. I appreciate a lot of the boundaries that they set though, as such I'm never gonna end up in jail, addicted to drugs or fall pregnant to some idiot. Drinking too much while out on the town however. :p
totygoliguez totygoliguez 7 years
I think that if you have friends and not parents it is very harmful for your mental health. Everything taken to the extreme is bad. Parents need to find a balance between being easygoing parents and strict. My mom allowed me to have the freedoms I needed it as a kid, yet there were limits. She treated me as a teenager. Kids need to know that their parents care.It is better to be strict than your kid friend.
Anne26 Anne26 7 years
Yeah, my parents were strict and they still are but they know what they are doing. That's probably why I have not been divorced and havn't gotten stupidly engaged to some loser. Yeah, they put my head in the right place even. I do some minor things which I regret but nothing to the point where it changes my life just stupid things to ex's. haha. Other than that I can't complain. Life has been pretty good.
bryseana bryseana 7 years
I think some parents avoid grounding or any kind of discipline, because they don't want to deal with confrontations and the stress of it all. But kids need structure. When I was in high school I knew people whose parents were more like their friends - they would get drunk with them and sometimes even smoke pot with them. And now a lot of those kids (now adults) are addicted to meth and in and out of jail.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
Sometimes it's not even about how strict the parents are, my parents would stop me from doing something a second time just by being disappointed. I think where a lot of parents are lacking is consistency. You can't be fine with something one day and be angry about it the next.
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