(I am not pointing fingers to anyone in particular in this post, this is meant as a general message from a parents point of view on the subject and is not meant to cast judgement on anyone. It is written to try to show a different perspective relative to the OP.)
It's very hard as a parent to read this thread especially since I was not even allowed to have a fish growing up.
Living with your parents suck, that's just how life is. In time you will see that being an adult is MUCH harder. Your mothers/fathers "nagging" may be an issue for you now but I promise it's NOTHING compared to what you will experience when you move out of your parents or grandparents house.
Personally, I give my daughter a hard time just to push her nerves. Why you may ask? Because it prepares her for the real world and teaches her to learn to control her temper, especially under stress. And what is more stressful than your mom nagging at you? My mother did it to me and so did my father. It teaches you how to ignore things that annoy you and not become emotional.
Being a parent is harder than you can ever know and if your parents are nice enough to let you have a fish in the first place try to be appreciative of their generosity, instead of complaining that they are giving you their opinion on fish keeping. Next time, try saying "thanks for the information mom but I like to spoil my fish by keeping his water as clean as possible."
Trying to get into who's right and who's wrong argument with your parents is a losing battle. They are your parents which makes them always right, even when they are wrong. Understand? Very few parents will admit fault, and even when they do it's not in the heat of the argument. They can't because they have to maintain authority over you. Why? Because that's a parents job, to teach you how to be able to live in this world safely and productively.
I was not allowed to have a fish because my dad said that I needed to save my money for a car and and bills and ect.. So be thankful you didn't have my father growing up, he also had a zero toleration for any attitude or back mouthing and that included my educated opinion.
Last edited by Bettas Rule; 02-06-2012 at 10:42 AM.