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  • Friday nights in high school,

  • my friends would go out,

  • they would make out,

  • they would go to the movies,

  • they would go to the malls.

  • I had to go to church, this a true story!

  • Strict Rules Your Immigrant Parents Might Have Had

  • First of all, we weren't allowed to go to any sleepovers.

  • Sleepovers were a no.

  • They were insulted.

  • They're like, "Why would you want to sleep at someone else's house?"

  • "Someone might touch you, or like, abduct you."

  • "I didn't work hard

  • for you to sleep at somebody else's house,

  • you gon' sleep right here."

  • I wanted to paint my nails and talk about cute boys,

  • and like, my parents were like,

  • "Hell no, they can come sleep over here"

  • "You can't go to their house"

  • I'm still friends with my friends,

  • and their parents are great.

  • I guess my parents just didn't fully know that,

  • coming from a different country,

  • it's hard to trust people who you don't know from like day one.

  • I'm Egyptian, was raised Muslim,

  • and in my household that meant that we couldn't wear

  • anything that was provocative.

  • Nothing low cut, no short shorts,

  • and nothing that showed off your midriff at all.

  • We had to have Indian food for dinner, no matter what.

  • We didn't go like McDonald's.

  • We didn't go get like fast food at all.

  • My mom got really confused by after school clubs.

  • She thought it was the same as clubbing,

  • so she was very strict on like which ones I'd join,

  • and was like, "You're too young to go clubbing!"

  • And I'm like, "Mom, that's not the same thing."

  • We can't leave the house until we're married.

  • That even kind of went into us going to college,

  • we couldn't go to colleges very far or even apply.

  • I was not allowed to celebrate Halloween.

  • My parents said that Halloween was the Devil's birthday.

  • And that I was not able to dress up in costumes

  • 'cause it was a sin.

  • But anyway, I basically had to make this book report

  • and convince my parents that Halloween

  • is not a sinful holiday to celebrate.

  • And then I, thankfully got to celebrate it for the rest of my life.

  • It was more around grades,

  • you know they wanted straight A's,

  • that's who they were.

  • Gotta greet your parents,

  • gotta greet all elders.

  • Super important.

  • That's probably like one of the most important things.

  • Cleaning a lot.

  • We were responsible for making our bed every morning.

  • We weren't allowed to sleep in.

  • I don't understand why.

  • Let a kid sleep, please!

  • Well first, we couldn't drink soda.

  • I mean, we could eat sweets,

  • but like, when she would pack our lunches,

  • she would only put one sweet thing

  • and it had to only be the serving size of the sweet thing.

  • So if it said like half a cookie was a serving size,

  • you know my mom is giving us half a cookie.

  • In my early childhood, I grew up in New York

  • so I had to make sure I was home

  • by the time the streetlights were on.

  • If my friends drove,

  • I wasn't allowed to go in the car with them.

  • My dad didn't trust their driving skills,

  • 'cause they were brand new.

  • That stuff was just a little bit much.

  • I think they could've relaxed a lot,

  • especially when it came to curfew.

  • I would be five minutes late,

  • and then I would get grounded for two weeks!

  • That ain't right!

  • A lot of it went back to how hard my mom worked

  • when she was a child,

  • which like is incredible.

  • But as like a child in a different circumstance,

  • it was very hard to understand.

  • I get it.

  • I also get that my parents were really doing their best

  • to kind of enforce their culture,

  • which is difficult

  • when your kid is growing up

  • in an entirely different country; in an entirely different space.

  • There's a lot of harassment that takes place

  • if you're a woman in India.

  • I've been through it personally,

  • when you're kind of exposed to that,

  • I guess you're going to be a little more protective of your daughters.

  • Growing up in a strict household

  • helped me to stay very focused.

  • It kind of made me realize what's important,

  • which is family.

  • My parents had the foresight to make sure

  • I was good and I made it to this age,

  • so you know, shout out to them!

  • They wanted us to be close to our culture

  • because we're so far away from like our homeland.

  • My ethnicity and my identity as an Armenian

  • is like very strong because of that,

  • and I really appreciate that,

  • and at the time, I know I didn't.

  • Let your kids figure some stuff out,

  • but make sure they're home by the time the streetlights come on.

  • That's how I feel.

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