At some point in life, you’re going to have to grow up and, like, figure things out yourself. That means you’re going to have to do things on your own without asking anyone else for help. This doesn’t include things like putting together furniture and raising a child, because those things you should probably always ask help for, but for a lot of the obvious things – like communicating with co-workers and navigating the grocery store – you need to do them yourself.

If you’re in your 20s — especially if you’re close to *leaving* your 20s, here are 5 questions you should stop asking your parents.


1. “How long should I put [FOOD] in the microwave for?”

Why don’t you try punching in a number and figuring it out yourself. You’re how old?


2. “What aisle would [FOOD] be in at the grocery store?”

Why don’t you actually look at the signs above each aisle that say what is located in them or ask someone who works there?


3. “Can you read this before I send it?”

Emails, presentations, papers if you’re in grad school, NO. Didn’t you go through years of school so you could do things yourself?


4. “What should I say to my boss?”

Okay, it’s definitely okay to talk with friends or family or whoever to get advice on how to handle situations (especially at work), but don’t make this a recurring question. Once in a while – fine, ask.


5. “Do you think this outfit is appropriate?”

If you have to ask, your outfit is probably not appropriate. And you know your parent will be the last person to say ‘yes’ when it is bordering appropriate and not appropriate.


6. “Can I borrow some money?”

Nope. Make your own.


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