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How did your parents raise you?
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My dad died when I was 2, so he was never around. My mom never remarried and she raised me on her own. She is strict and very protective, but I can't blame her since I'm an only child and really all she has left. She raised me to be kind, caring, independent, and respectful. I don't think I could have asked for a better mother.
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My mom always encouraged me to think things through while my dad was more of the unquestioned authority type. This of course led to annoying situations where my dad would decide something and I would question his logic (not rudely) to learn why he came to that decision; he would then be pissed. Even so I was never afraid to question or even argue with any authority.

I wasn't taught to do or not to do things, instead I was taught why I should or shouldn't do things and the natural consequences of those decisions rather than some arbitrary punishment. (Punishment was really reserved for repeated or dangerous mistakes... or if I managed to piss my dad off at the wrong time)

I don't hate my dad but I would say our personalities are incompatible. For the most part I just let him live with his delusions such as him believing he is stronger than me. We spar sometimes and he seems to have in his head that I am not holding back when in reality I'm just sending my limbs flailing without stepping into the hit or snapping my shoulders/hips. (that's where the power comes from)
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MissMagicNoodles wrote:

We had a couple of gay/lesbian relatives in our family growing up, and my mother always told me that no matter what, a gay person is still a person. She was also the "I'll love you no matter what type of person you are" kind of mom.


I wish my parents were like that. They think every sexuality that isn't hetero is sick. Doesn't make my life easier, because I'm transgender.
But well, at least I'm tolerant and a nice person. I suppose they made it possible for me to become like that.
Posted 2/5/15
My parents?
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My parents raised me fairly. I got into trouble when I did things that were wrong, they loved me, etc.

I feel like I got off easier than most, though. My parents never gave us chores or anything.
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My parents raised me to be a productive member of society, not to pass judgement on anyone, and to have compassion for all people.
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They gave me a lot of freedom. My mom is a supportive kind of person, rather than being judgemental. My dad is the type that likes to play by the rules, but because of where I live, those rules are very much fluid and bendable (probably what I like most about my culture). I'm more the type of person that wants to know why the rule is there, so that I can use my own judgement to know when its okay to break it, and my parents are okay with that, because I think they picked up on it when I was young, and raised me with good morals, rather than just demanding behaviour that displays good morals. They were reactive parents, encouraging me to pursue my own interests and conforming their style to what would work for me. When I got into creative interests, they cheered me on; when I turned out to be academically inclined, they cheered me on.

I don't get along too well with my dad nowadays. While I acknowledge that as a parent, he did a damn good job, I think that from his perspective, it was with the end goal in mind that I achieve something with my education and interests. Since I've hit something of a rut since I got out of university, he's noticeably bothered about my future, and is always trying to push me into well-paying jobs that I know I'd be miserable working. He can't readily relate to my focus on my free time and relative satisfaction working part-time for minimum wage. He wants me to reach for more, when I would rather just get my bills paid and prioritize my time rather than my money after that.

My mom's more laid-back. She's the one always trying to get everyone together for meals and things, and just generally making sure everyone's happy. I get along with her quite well most of the time, and I think she "gets me" better than dad does. She's not opinionated about what I should be doing with my life, though she's quick to give the same sentiments as he does whenever I express dissatisfaction with where I am now. She probably sees merit in dad's perspective as well as mine, but isn't naturally inclined to try to influence people, and accepts that I know what makes me happy.

All in all, even though we have different priorities, my parents are great people who I can be proud of.
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I hate my parents. Abusive father and manipulative, sadistic mother. But, through their abuse, I've matured greatly and I'm fairly independent due to them always working and not being at home. Ironically, I'm very lenient and open-minded. Hopefully I can give my children a better childhood.
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So far, I think they're doing a pretty good job... except that my dad doesn't really spend much time alone with me... (Take me to the movies, drive me to a volleyball game and actually stay, etc.) but it's fine, I guess.
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my mother kept giving away my cats and eventually gave away m¥ horse. without my knowing until after the fact <.<

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Fair enough, though it was my stepdad and mother who did the raising. My paternity is a neglectful and cowardly scumbag. I was raised with a soft and firm hand, along with observing my older sister to learn what not to do. Yes, my mother and stepdad employed corporal punishment from time to time. To be frank, though, I much prefered spanking over most of my other punishments. Writing sentences for hours on end, lectures, washing every dish in the house, or even doing all outside chores? Yeesh. That stuff was a pain in the ass. I was a ditsy and nerdy monkey with quite a bit of freedom, and very mellow (aside from my mourning years). It's my big sis who raised hell, though that's because Mom and my paternity didn't separate soon enough to prevent our biological father from having as much influence on her.
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Father encouraged me to listen to classical music, watch documentaries, and read Spanish literature.
Mother taught me to be kind to everyone and always be positive. She would always buy me books and play games with me as a kid.
They also allow me to use informal pronouns when speaking to them in Spanish.
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They didn't
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I guess my Dad was strict but fair I only got a whooping when I really earned one
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