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This is How You Update Your Strict Parents When You Have to Study Overnight at a Classmate's House
Determination is key.
IMAGE Renz Joseph Valdez

Anyone who has strict parents know how hard it is to ask permission to study or work on a project overnight at a classmate's house. To earn his mom's trust and prove to her that he was going to work on a legit group assignment, Renz Joseph Valdez made sure to document everything (and by everything, we mean EVERYTHING) on Snapchat and posted them on his Facebook account. Below are some tips we gathered from him. 

You have to update your parents about everything you do literally the minute you get out of the gate.

Remind them of the little things to keep them at ease.

Inform them of your whereabouts.

Be as specific as you can.

Don't make them feel they need to worry about you.

Assure them they made the right decision.

Let them know you're capable even by yourself.

Update them where you'll be staying while waiting for your friend.

Take a picture of your friend once he arrives for proof.

Convince them you're less likely to get into trouble since you're with your friend.

Message them once you reach your meeting place.

If it's a bit of a walk, don't forget to update them in between.

Once you get to your destination, let them know.

Prove to them they made the right decision in allowing you to go by sending them a pic.

Send them proof that you're legit in your classmate's house and not in some computer shop.

Even if it's cause for worry, be honest.

But promise them you're not on to something that will ruin your future.

Update them whenever someone new arrives, so they know the people you're with.

Show them you're having fun...

...and that you're going to buy some food.

Prove to them that you really did buy fries.

Update them when you finally get to have dinner.

Send them evidence that you're working hard...

...and that you're a responsible human being even without them around.

Update them that you were successful in feeding your friends. #soresponsible

Guarantee them that you can take care of yourself...

...and know when to take a break.

Update her when you're finally going to sleep...

...and when you just woke up.

Tell her about your friends.

Finally, update her on your way home.

Until you finally reach home.

At the end of his post, Renz said, "ma-swerte pa rin tayo dahil may mga magulang tayo na nag-ba-bawal at dumi-disiplina sa atin, dahil kung wala na sila, sino pa ang gagawa nun para sayo?"

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Our parents have their own reasons why they're strict with us, and while we couldn't do anything about it, we can always help lessen their burden by updating them about our whereabouts, whether it's the way Renz does it or not. 

Are you this detailed when sending updates to your parents?

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