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So i’ve just turned 19, home from university due to corona virus and honestly i cannot wait to get out of this house. My parents have always been super strict with me since i can remember. When i was first allowed to start meeting friends, around 13/14, in town I had to be home by 4pm, even though i would only be meeting my friends 10 minutes from my house. As i grew up they maintained their strictness, wasn’t allowed to leave the house without asking days in advance, between ages 16-18 i wasn’t allowed to come home any later than 9pm. Once i turned 18 they loosened their grip, allowing me to go out whenever i wanted, stay out as late as i wanted as long as i asked beforehand. However when I came home for corona virus the strictness heighten again. Couldn’t go to the shop without asking and was given a 10 minute time limit to be out the house. When it was announced that we could meet 1 person from other households as long as we kept socially distanced, I was not allowed. I wasn’t allowed to go out for any form of daily exercise like the government allowed. I have been fully confined to the house, unable to do anything without being controlled. I’m told when to go to bed, I get woken every morning at 9am even with nothing to do during the day. They constantly use the excuse ‘you don’t pay the bills so you don’t get a say’ and ‘you’re living under our roof so it’s our rules’. On multiple occasions I have tried to pay my share of the rent for the house in attempts to get some freedom but they refuse it, almost so they can keep their control over me. Yesterday I put my foot down and went for a bike ride with one of my friends, socially distanced of course, when i returned home, they took my house key off me and shouted at me as if i was a little child, calling me all names under the sun and stating that ‘as i continue to live under their roof i will not be allowed to leave this house no matter what’. I’m 19 years old, they tell me to act like an adult but then refuse to allow me to act in anyway like an adult. I buy my own clothes and the majority of my own food, as well as my own phone bill etc. Has anyone got any suggestions on how i should deal with the situation??? I will honestly take any advice i can get atm!!!!