If You Score More Than 20 on This Checklist, You Probably Grew Up With Strict Parents

By: Talin Vartanian
Estimated Completion Time
5 min
What kinds of manners did your parents teach you?
They taught me how to respect them, myself and others.
They taught me how to listen.
They taught me how to cooperate with others.
They taught me dinner manners.

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What kinds of chores did you do around the house?
Everything!
I didn't have to do any chores.
I had to clean my room.
I had to do yard work.

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Did you have to finish all of your food during mealtime?
Yes, otherwise I would get grounded.
Nope, I didn't have to.
No, but I had to eat my leftovers the next day.
I was told to eat at much as I could.

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Do you have any siblings?
No, I'm an only child.
Yes, and I'm the youngest.
Yes, and I'm the oldest.
Yes, and I'm the middle child.

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How often did you get grounded?
All the time
Almost never
A few times, a month or less
Only when I did something really stupid

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Did your parents teach you how to cook?
Yes, they did.
Nope, they didn't.
They taught me how to cook some basic stuff.
Somewhat, but I mainly taught myself how to cook.

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Did you have a curfew?
Yes, and it was a very early curfew.
No, I didn't have a curfew.
Yes, but it was a late curfew.
Yes, but I got to choose my curfew.

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What time did you have to go to sleep?
Very early
Whenever I wanted
When my parents went to sleep
At a reasonable hour, but not super early

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Who helped you with your homework?
My parents
Nobody
My friends
My teacher

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How often would your parents listen to you?
Almost never
All the time!
Often, but they wouldn't listen to me if we were arguing.
About 80% of the time

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Did you ever want to run away from home?
Yes, but I was too afraid to.
No, I never thought about that.
Yes, and I actually did at one point.
Occasionally I thought about that.

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What kinds of gifts did you get for your birthday?
Just a cake and a birthday card
Toys, money, whatever I wanted!
Reading material
Some cool electronics

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How often would your parents buy you new toys?
They never did.
Whenever I asked for it
Only on holidays
Only if I threw a temper tantrum

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Did you ever lie to your parents?
No, I didn't dare lie to them.
Yes, and I rarely got caught!
Yes, and I always got caught in my lie.
Very rarely

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What did you do for fun during your childhood?
Read books
Hang out with friends
Play a ton of sports
Play video games

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Did your parents allow any sleepovers?
No, it wasn't allowed.
Yes, sleepovers were allowed by my parents.
Friends could sleep over at my house, but I couldn't sleep over at their house.
Only if they knew my friends and their parents well

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Were you allowed to watch TV or play video games?
No, neither was allowed.
Yes, I could do both!
TV was allowed, but not video games.
Only for one to three hours per day

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How often were you allowed to hang out with friends?
Maybe a few times a month
Almost every night
Only on weekends
A few times a week

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If you were grounded, what kind of rules did you have to follow?
Any and all fun activities weren't allowed.
I had to do some extra chores around the house.
I couldn't hang out with friends.
I couldn't play video games.

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What kind of grades did your parents expect you to receive?
Straight As
They didn't really care what grades I got.
Anything over a C
As long as I passed the class, they were happy.

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Did you have a diary growing up?
Yes, but my parents always looked through it.
Nope
Yes, but I didn't really write too much in it.
Yes, and my parents never knew about it.

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How much privacy did your parents give you?
None
I think they gave me quite a bit of privacy.
They gave me a little bit of privacy.
I had to keep my bedroom door open, but otherwise they respected my space.

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Did you have to "watch your mouth" around your parents?
Yes, definitely
Nope, I could say whatever I wanted!
As long as I didn't use any curse words, I could speak my mind.
As long as I spoke in a respectful tone of voice, I could say whatever I wanted.

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How often did you throw a temper tantrum as a kid?
Never
More than I want to admit
Only when I got grounded
Only when I wanted toys

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Did your parents attend parent-teacher conferences with you?
Yes, they went to every single one.
Nope, they never went.
Only when I got bad grades
They occasionally went to those conferences.

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On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being the highest), how strict do you think your parents were with you?
9-10
1-3
6-8
4-5

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Were you rewarded for receiving an A in a class?
Nope, because it was expected.
Yes, I received a toy or money.
It depended on the difficulty of the class.
Sometimes, yes

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Did you receive an allowance as a kid?
Nope
Yes, I got free money every week!
Only after doing chores
No, but my parents gave me some money for shopping.

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How often did you and your parents go on vacations?
Very rarely
A few times a year
Once a year
When we could afford to

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Were you always arguing with your parents?
No, I never argued with them.
Occasionally I did.
Yes, quite a bit actually
Only when I wanted something and they said "no"

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