11 Ways Going Home to Your Parents' House to Socially Distance Turns You Into a Teen Again

Apr 29 2020 - 2:45pm

Let's face it: moving in with your parents, no matter how old you are, can make you feel like a kid again — and doing so during the coronavirus pandemic [1] takes it to a whole new level. In high school, not being able to hang out with your friends was usually due in part to something along the lines of "It's a school night," or in my case, being grounded. During these uncertain times, hanging out with friends is completely out of the question — the government basically pulled a "Because I said so," and it's one you really can't argue with. If you're social distancing [2] at your parents' house, there's a good chance you've felt like you've regressed into a teen most (if not all) of the time you've been there. If these reasons as to why being at your family's house [3] during this time ring true to you, too, just know that you're not alone.

Hanging Out With Your Friends (Even Six Feet Apart) Is Out of the Question

That's going to be a hard no.

Going Anywhere Brings an Onslaught of Questions

"Mom, I'm just going to the bank." — Me after I told my mom that I was just going to the bank.

Your Parents Still Act Like You're Underage

"Please, just let me have one glass of wine during my Zoom happy hour." — Me when my parents act like I haven't been above the age of 21 for years now.

Having a Dating Life Is Extremely Difficult

Need we say more?

You Parents Want to Be Involved in Everything You Do

"I mean, I guess you can hop on my Hinge FaceTime date, Mom . . ." — Me when my mother just wants to "say hello" to the new guy I'm talking to.

Staying Up Late Is Just Not Going to Happen

Bedtime is strictly enforced, apparently.

Your Parents Want to Know Everything That's Going on in Your Life

"So, what is up? What's the 411? What has everybody been up to? What's the hot gossip? Tell me everything. What have you guys been listening to? What are the cool jams?" — Mrs. George from Mean Girls [6], and every other parent who wants the scoop.

You Can't Eat Whatever You Want Anymore

"You're going to spoil your appetite!" — My parents when I sneak a bite of a Triscuit two hours before dinner.

You Can't Go Anywhere Alone

That quiet walk you were thinking about taking around the neighborhood? Not gonna happen, 'cus the 'rents are coming, too.

Nothing Is Really Your Own

The house? Your parents'. The alcohol? Unfortunately, also your parents'.

Despite Everything, Your Parents Still Let You Run the House For the Most Part

Hey, nobody said living at your parents' house was all bad.

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