Were Your Parents As Strict As The Obamas?

Yesterday, Michelle Obama made an appearance on “The Situation Room” to talk about kids and technology. “In my household, we try to establish a set of guidelines and rules that make sense—no computers, phones, television during the week,” she said of Sasha, 8, and Malia, 11. And if that weren’t bummer enough, when the girls do get to watch TV on weekends, they have only three options—Nickelodeon, The Disney Channel, or football with dad. “With their TV intake limited … we found over the break that they are both very good Taboo players,” Michelle told People earlier this year. Add this to the fact that the girls have a rigid set of chores and that they eat all organic food, and it has me wondering—are the Obamas too strict? [CNN, Softpedia, Telegraph UK]My parents were sticklers about my sister and I cleaning our rooms and not eating insanely sugary foods. But when it came to the TV and phone, they pretty much let us do whatever we wanted. And a horrible, horrible thing happened—I became a pop culture editor. Granted, we didn’t get a computer in my house until high school, so that wasn’t even an issue yet. And that would be my primary concern raising kids since porn and sketchy material are pretty much everywhere.

So, question—were your parents as strict as the Obamas? In retrospect, do you appreciate it or wish you’d had fewer rules?