I Had a Very Sheltered Childhood

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    My parents had a good reason to shelter me. I am an Irish Traveller and we got a strict code to follow, and my parents didnt want me to get corrupted by the settled community. They let mego to school until i got my A levels, which most Traveller girls dont do. I was kept under a...
    poppyjoy poppyjoy
    22-25, F
    May 3, 2013

    I Was Very Sheltered

    1. lived in a far flung suburb and never went downtown 2. never heard about kids having sex in high school 3. never drank or smoked 4. only real house parties I ever went to were parent chaperoned (drama department play wrap parties) 5. was a total virgin until I was an adult and...
    emilymcarty emilymcarty
    3 Responses Aug 22, 2012


    It's true, I wasn't allowed down to the bottom of my road on my own until I was about 13 years old... There were no violent movies/T.V shows in our house, no swearing allowed, etc etc..Then when I meet other people o.o Wow...Swearing, crude and vicious I'm like what the hell is...
    vampes vampes
    18-21, F
    4 Responses May 28, 2011

    7 and 12

    Well, between the ages of 7 and 12 anyway but this still screwed me up quite a bit i have very little social skills and seem very different than any normal person in the way i act when im out and about.(I still prefer to be at home but i dont at the same time) I just seem very...
    Unreality Unreality
    18-21, M
    Jul 31, 2009

    Of Sorts

    It's funny how all of the things that my parents tried to "protect" me from as a child, all of the evil of the outside world, all of the things that now as an adult I am aware of, aren't nearly as harmful as the things they exposed me to. What were they thinking?
    DelightfulBabe08 DelightfulBabe08
    5 Responses Nov 19, 2008

    I so want to go back.

    Maybe not go back but I want the security I had back then. I want to be back in my old bed and afraid of the shadows in my bedroom. Sure those things that I thought might be lurking in the dark scared me but on some level I knew there was also a good chance they didn't exist...
    Morrgin Morrgin
    31-35, F
    Feb 17, 2016

    Life Confuses Me

    I don't even know how to begin this.  I feel so far gone and disconnected from the world it's hard to focus.  I'll just start.  I was raised by mom only & she was always way too overprotective of me.  She was older than everyone else's mom when I was...
    freetobe364 freetobe364
    7 Responses May 24, 2009

    Baby At Age 10

    When I was 9 or 10 I wanted to have a baby.  I was an only child and wanted someone to play with.  I didn't know you had to have sex to make a baby.  I also didn't know what sex what.  I heard about it but didn't know exactly how you did it. lol  I...
    onmyown2009 onmyown2009
    36-40, F
    3 Responses Oct 9, 2009

    Save Us.

    My mother was raised in a "perfect Christian home." They didn't do anything wrong. And because my mother was so afraid of what her mother thought, she wanted to rise us in a similar manner. If she had had her way, we wouldn't know what sex is. We would think Christian...
    SheistheLorax SheistheLorax
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Jul 24, 2008

    The Step Father and Family

    I had a pretty rough up bringing. When I was 5 my dad cheated on my mum and he left her. So for 6 months it was just me and my mum which was pretty cool but 6 months later she meets my future step dad. At first he was great with me, he used to take me and my mum everywhere on...
    JAX112 JAX112
    22-25, M
    4 Responses Jun 1, 2009

    I loved it! What tore me up is

    when I realized how messed the rest of the world is.
    WalterVincent WalterVincent
    26-30, M
    1 Response May 8, 2015


    Because my sister was a druggy and had a habit of public intamcy. I was not allowed out even through high school after 7pm. My family refused to meet any of my new friends or even let me hang out with them because they did not know them..I wonder why. The friends I managed to...
    deannabr deannabr
    18-21, F
    Oct 19, 2008

    Single Dad Looking For Friends Or More

    Hey im john Im blk n greek 38 im 6 5 love music n sports im.loyal romantic very sexual n loving born in chicago now in miami I.wanna get to kno.u wats ur number.lets talk ima txt u text me up lets talk 7863663729 im.lookn.for relationship or jus a textn bud but im that guy thas...
    Miamidad786 Miamidad786
    36-40, M
    Oct 28, 2012

    Didn't Really Get To "do" Anything

    I wonder how much of my childhood was "abusive" or smothering, it's hard to tell when you read stories about kids who had it much worse than me, were beaten physically or even murdered.  In comparison, I had it ok, but it did seem bleak and repressive at the time.  It...
    EastCoastGal EastCoastGal
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Jun 2, 2010

    Only Child

     I'm a only child;so I guess that's my "excuse". I've never been to a football game,basketball, etc. The only time i have was when I was 7-8 and my mom had to be there-so in my opinion, it don't count. It's ****** me up as a "adult" because when...
    lostprophet lostprophet
    22-25, F
    Feb 2, 2009

    I Don'T Want To Be Sheltered Anymore

    I had a conversation with my friends not to long ago and long story short it ended with me blushing and my friends laughing telling me how sheltered I am. I know how my family is, but it was not until my friends told me how sheltered I was that I began to notice how right they...
    Paramount2play Paramount2play
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Mar 13, 2013

    Oh, the Horror.

    My mother is one of those fundamentalist Christians.  (You know the ones I mean.) When I was little, my sister and I weren't allowed to do anything that might run the risk of being considered "worldly."  I remember being in second grade, and listening to all...
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Nov 16, 2008

    Not Without Parental Supervision

    My dad was very overprotective, and thus would not let any of us out of his sight. He was preoccupied with keeping his children nearby, especially me since I was the youngest. From an early age, I was told that everyone that was not immediate family was bad. I was not allowed to...
    Marjosa Marjosa
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Dec 17, 2008

    Excuse bad english My mother was afrais always

    for me so She never late me play alone out of home .I must be with one eldest person I think it was good. Sametime if she see I made samething "dangerous" for me she spank my butt When she spank me sametime she said "it is because you fall and have pain. But I not find this...
    boeing707 boeing707
    56-60, M
    Jul 3, 2014

    I Had A Very Sheltered Childhood

    I'm 23 years old, and black.  My parents were baptist christians, from mississippi.  then one day, they chose to join the Nation of Islam.  This resulted in myself being homeschooled from the age of 4 years old, all the way through highschool.  I never got to play sports, had...
    nerdsmoke nerdsmoke
    4 Responses May 16, 2011

    Do I Dare to Sneeze?

    I had a rough start for my life. My mother almost had a miscarriage, there was some complications in my birth so I was in IC for couple days and I almost died as a baby. I'm sure those 3 incidents made my parents overprotective. Every little flu was taken dead-seriously, even if...
    Fennella Fennella
    31-35, F
    4 Responses May 25, 2008

    I Want To Live Normal Like Everyone Else

    I used to be a happy-go-lucky girl until I was molested by my older brother when I was 8 years old. I became quiet, shy & afraid talking to strangers. During elementary school years, all I ever do was going to school & go back home. I tried to be friends with the young girls in...
    yumemi yumemi
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Aug 28, 2013

    Digging Was My Favorite Activity

    This seems to be one of the strangest things about my childhood. Even to me. We had this huge dirt mound on one of our 3 acres and I had a HUGE spoon. I started at the highest point and tried to dig down to the bottom. I spent a lot of time outside. I was raised in a...
    araneidae araneidae
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Nov 5, 2011

    Growing up, I was never very active.

    I always just stayed home with my parents & brothers. I would just watch television & play with our pets. There were a few times during my childhood when my brothers invited me to spend time with them & some of the children in the neighbourhood, but I hated being away from my...
    s4019t s4019t
    31-35, M
    Sep 26, 2014

    Mommy's Little Girl

    I'm the Youngest in my Whole Family I have 7 cousins the oldest is 30 and the Youngest is 19 , My sister is 20 , my Brother is 21 and I'm 15 :) So basically this explains it all ..EVERYONE was super super Protective over me. I never got to do anything I never really had any...
    Candy1211 Candy1211
    18-21, F
    Aug 28, 2012


    I never had many friends or experiences when I was young. Other kids would brag about all the exciting things they'd done. I actually amazed them with astounding stories of everything I'd never done! You name it I hadn't done it, hadn't been there, never seen it... a lot of them...
    Rin Rin
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Nov 2, 2007
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