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Things your parents did with you that annoyed you soooo much (light hearted)

(194 Posts)
bodenbiscuit Fri 26-Jun-15 08:14:27

That you make a conscious effort to do it differently with your own children.

Mine is that my mother was terrible at coordinating my clothes. She made me wear odd socks, clothes that didn't match and black school shoes with party dresses. And her response was always 'who's going to notice?'. This infuriated me because when your clothes don't match, YOU notice and of course other people notice. Disclaimer: my parents were well off - they could easily afford coordinating outfits.

So as a result my own children always have perfectly matching outfits and I go to great lengths to make sure their party shoes match their dresses.

What's yours?

Sparklingbrook Fri 26-Jun-15 08:18:43

Wouldn't let us watch ITV. angry

bodenbiscuit Fri 26-Jun-15 08:57:07

What was their problem with ITV? Oh I just thought of another one. My parents wouldn't let me have Garbage Pail Stickers.

AddictedtoGreys Fri 26-Jun-15 09:06:20

my mum was obsessed with keeping the house tidy! cushions, shoes, etc. not in my house smile

Archer26 Fri 26-Jun-15 09:06:35

Wouldn't let me have white jeans. Not sure why, though in hindsight I was an especially grubby child so my mum probably couldn't face the endless washing.

My cousins who were the same age as me both had them and I was soooo jealous.

optimistmum Fri 26-Jun-15 09:09:36

My parents had a dishwasher which they only used once a year at Christmas! Instead my dsis and I had the job of washing up after every meal.

oohnewshoes Fri 26-Jun-15 09:13:40

Mum would spit on a tissue and rub our faces clean, yuck. You could smell it forever.

I was not allowed a cabbage patch kid because th ey were ugly. My dd has two and doesn't even like themgrin

She is extremely house proud and love her because she cleans my house every time she visits. It's win winsmile

BlueThursday Fri 26-Jun-15 09:15:29

Any Disney films she didn't really like we never got to see.

I'm 32 and still never seen Pinocchio or Peter Pan

squizita Fri 26-Jun-15 09:53:48

Wasn't allowed to watch Grange Hill as DDad worked in an inner city school and didn't want to come back from work to an exaggerated version of work.
Ah the days of houses with one tv. grin

LibrariesGaveUsPower Fri 26-Jun-15 11:29:35

My mother always scraped the cake bowl to nothing before we were allowed to lick it. I leave a generous layer.

noblegiraffe Fri 26-Jun-15 11:39:28

Long walks in the country. Sooooo boring.

I'd probably quite enjoy them now!

We weren't allowed to watch Eastenders because it was too depressing.

WhenMarnieWasThere Fri 26-Jun-15 11:44:48

We never had a say on our clothes or shoes.
We didn't have many clothes at all, mostly home made. There were several moments as a child and a teen where it was really awkward and embarrassing to not gave the right clothes for a situation.

As a result, my dds wardrobes are full to bursting and they get to choose what I buy (as long as it isn't £££ or disgusting) for them and what they wear.

bodenbiscuit Fri 26-Jun-15 11:49:55

Oh I forgot a big one.

Bloody camping. I absolutely hated it and I still hate it. As an adult I went once to a music festival and I hated it then as well. So my children have never been camping.

PeterIanStaker Fri 26-Jun-15 11:58:40

We were forced to call our parents mummy and daddy, even as teenagers confused. It was excruciatingly embarrassing.

thetroubleis Fri 26-Jun-15 12:06:25

Backhanded compliments from my mother leading to an inability to make a genuine compliment.

Fair enough she learnt it from her mum who is, frankly, a nasty piece of work, but they still stung.

grannytomine Fri 26-Jun-15 12:10:32

bodenbiscuit, the funny thing is your kids will probably be on here in the future saying they are relaxed about what their kids wear because their mother was so fanatical about everything co-ordinating.

The best bit of advice I was given by a midwife was to always remember that a mothers place is in the wrong. I have always thought they were wise words.

My kids rebellion is that I don't drink any alcohol, DH is the same, and I have brought up 4 heavy drinkers. (Well they are heavy drinkers to me but then I think your an alcoholic if you sniff the cork.) DH smokes like a chimney, the kids all hate smoke. We always went on camping holidays in UK and the kids like luxury hotels abroad. I sometimes wonder if they are mine and they probably think having tee total parents who like camping is so annoying.

I'm looking forward to seeing how the GC turn out.

wol1968 Fri 26-Jun-15 12:14:02

I wasn't allowed to watch Grange Hill either, squizita. In fact most telly other than Blue Peter was brain rotting and had to be avoided.

I wasn't allowed to take chocolate biscuits or crisps in my packed lunch.

I was forced to do modern dance lessons from the ages of 12 to 15 despite the fact that I had no aptitude for it whatsoever.

My kids do have a chocolate biscuit and a packet of crisps in their packed lunch. <lunchbox police shoot me now> I don't think, given that the rest of our diet is largely junk-free, that this is going to kill them. They had CBeebies as entertainment when they were small, and in fact they don't watch much telly now. And OK, DD did do ballet and tap lessons up to the age of 12 which she got rather fed up with in the latter years, but I did let her stop when secondary school beckoned and I got sick of the endless ferrying around and the paying for expensive kit and the one-upmanship of the ballet mums

PurpleWithRed Fri 26-Jun-15 12:16:10


pollyisnotputtingthekettleon Fri 26-Jun-15 12:22:19

Our house was always a tip and all 4 sister are tidy.. Not sure if all parents were like this as I was talking to a friends about this yesterday ... did parents not get involved with school? Or offer advice on friendship ... or was their no choice?

FaFoutis Fri 26-Jun-15 12:22:27

Watched us while we ate dinner and commented on everything we put into our mouths ("a bit of carrot with that would be nice", "are you leaving that potato?" etc). She does it with my children now.

Also if we were briefly a bit naughty she would say we had ruined the whole day.

turkeyboots Fri 26-Jun-15 12:25:47

Mine were always late. I was always the last one to be picked up. I was an adult before I realised that it wasn't normal to have your name announced in airport to tell you to get on airplanes!

My DC compain now that we are always too early and have to wait for things to start.

ThreeLeggedHaggis Fri 26-Jun-15 12:35:12

Mine would always say I was "screaming like a banshee". Even today that phrase sets my teeth on edge. I would cry from impotent rage that I couldn't make her stop saying it!

She didn't show any affection - no hugs or kisses or anything. One day when I was about 11 I ran into the house crying and threw myself in her arms (something silly had upset me, I think I had left my new jumper on the bus) and it was so unusual that she thought I'd been sexually assaulted. confused Thankfully I have some very tactile friends and I can show physical affection, although I found it really awkward at first.

CordeliaFoxx Fri 26-Jun-15 12:41:46

We weren't allowed to watch Neighbours!! Me and DSis would huddle around the TV with the sound really low and make our DB be on guard for DF! I still watch it every day.

EatMeSeymour Fri 26-Jun-15 12:42:09

My DM refused to let my sister and I cut our hair. Cue two screaming girls on the bath when hair washing day came along.

My hair was so long I could sit on it painful and very curly; DM had to resort to fabric softener to detangle it confused

I finally rebelled at age 13; saved up my pocket money and had it all chopped off to just below my ears. Even the fact I looked like the fluffy stage of a dandilion could not dampen my glee!!

woodhill Fri 26-Jun-15 12:43:43

stupid sayings like I looked like the wild women of borneo, making the hairdresser cut my hair short against my wishes, I always let mine have long hair when they were little.

over critical in general

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