Dear Abby: Teens: Strict mom is raising you right

Posted: January 06, 2012

DEAR READERS: Yesterday I printed a letter from an adult in response to a letter from "Emotionally Abused in California," the 15-year-old who felt her mother was treating her unfairly. Today we'll hear from teenage readers:

DEAR ABBY: I'm a 14-year-old girl. My mom showed me the letter from "Emotionally Abused" and I almost died! Her mom sounds just like mine. I am not allowed to wear clothing that shows too much skin or get into a car with a teenage boy. I don't have cable TV. I have to do my own laundry, clean my room, cook dinner and hem my own jeans.

Every night our entire family sits down for dinner. My parents always know my plans when I'm out with my friends, and I go to church every Sunday. I'm not the perfect daughter, but I'm glad I'm being raised with integrity, responsibility and a whole lot of chores.

- Cooperating Teen in New Jersey

DEAR ABBY: From one teen to another: I have heard your same story from friends a thousand times. You're not being treated like a criminal. Your mom is doing you a huge favor. She's preparing you for the real world by making you pay for your own things. She's got high expectations if she thinks you can get through college.

You need to be easier on her and try to see things through her eyes. Not everything she does is an attack on you - in fact, it's the opposite.

- Fellow California Teen

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