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Students’ guardians should rethink their ways of raising their children

Timothy Schneider, Staff Writer

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Parents. The people who take care of us. Whether it be a mother, aunt, or grandpa, we care about our parental figures.

And although it might not be easy to admit for some, we owe the people who take care of us our eternal respect. They can make it awfully difficult though with their ridiculous rules and standards.

I am a victim of such as my dad is often times unnecessarily strict. Early curfews, unreasonable standards, and too many chores are a few things many of us suffer through. These are my parental pet peeves and how to avoid them.

My own personal problem? An early curfew.

As a freshman in high school, I understand that my dad doesn’t want me out late. But “late” to most of us is a lot different than “late” to my dad. I am not to be home past 9:30 p.m. on a weekend and cannot leave the house later than 8. This is incredibly cruel as most events don’t even get over until 10-11 p.m.

Worse than that though, he doesn’t want me spending the night places because I’m not home enough, but if I had a later curfew, I could easily manage to be home more. In my opinion, a reasonable curfew for a freshman would be around 11 p.m. or probably later.

This would give me time to have fun on the weekends without being out past city curfew or the option to spend the night somewhere.

Also, parents are expecting way too much out of their children. With today’s classes, having all A’s, enough sleep, a social life, and extra curricular activities along with chores and family is asking way too much. When I come home at 6 after going to school and then Allegros practice, all I’m trying to do is homework and then rest.

My dad, however, expects me to be able to go to school, practice, then home to do homework followed by a list of chores. He then proceeds to get angry when I turn in an assignment late.

Sleep deprivation is a serious issue, and if I’m doing homework and I get ridiculously tired, I go to sleep because it’s not worth my health, and that is something parents need to understand. School comes before fun, but health comes before school.

No matter who takes care of you, they need to understand all these are much more than just simple pet peeves… they are our basic social and physical needs.

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