“My dad and stepmom are keeping me on lockdown”

I can’t seem to find a solution to this. My Dad and Stepmom have been keeping me on “lockdown” because of my insufficient grades and not doing chores, but I have all A’s and B’s (although admittedly more B’s), and I’m really stressed out all the time with varsity sports and trying to figure out my life as a high school junior.

They say that the problem is that I can handle everything on my plate if I just apply myself, but I signed up for three college classes and play a full-time sport, and it’s always taking a toll on me. I try to explain that I’m constantly stressed out and questioning what my motivations for doing all this are, but they only see my pleas as excuses for not doing stuff. Since they are quite strict and don’t let me do anything I want to until everything I know needs to be done is done (which is a lot of large projects, chores, and future homework), I try to sneak around and do stuff like hang out with my friends for an hour or go to bed early and finish homework the next day just to get a break. This leads to them thinking I’m slacking off more and they don’t even have a relationship with me anymore other than to tell me to do something. I’ve tried talking to my parents countless times, to no avail. What do I do?

2 thoughts on ““My dad and stepmom are keeping me on lockdown”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I’m going to have to agree with your parents there. You need the chores and grades to get scholarships for your future more than you need to socialize. The chores teach you how to do things as a adult and well, college ain’t cheap.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Your parents are trying to teach you to be a responsible adult. If something needs to be cut it should be your social obligations. In about a year you will be out on your own and those high school friends will be off to college. They won’t be helping you and they will move on with their own lives. However, having 40-100 k hanging over your head WILL effect your life. Focus on your school and sport and worry with the buddies after,

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