Being a sheltered kid sucks. Ever since my mom pulled me and my younger brother out of a public school after 2nd grade due to problems with the teachers and homeschooled us, I have had NO social life. Would you believe I hadn't had any friends or gone ANYWHERE by myself until a few months ago? I'm 17. Whenever I brung up socializing when I was younger, mom would always say, "Well, it costs money to socialize." We're pretty poor so she would always use that excuse. Mom NEVER encouraged socializing. And whenever I talked about maybe going back to public school, she'd brainwash me with stories of school bullies, petty people, peer pressure, basically how absolutely horrible public school is. A few months ago she signed me up for Big Brothers Big Sisters (after nearly TEN YEARS of me reminding her that I don't like being sheltered and not having any friends), so my only friend is from there. But we're only allowed to see each other 3 or 4 times a month. She started allowing me to go outside alone a few months ago too. But there's a catch of course. -I can only go to the park, which is really close to our apartment. -I can only go in the mornings--never in the evening or at night. -I can only go on days when she's off from work. -I can only go when she's not sleeping. -I can not ride the bus. -I can not talk to anyone. The only time I get to explore and see other things is when me and my Big Sister hang out, so I cherish those times. But I am VERY VERY VERY awkward socially because of having been sheltered for nearly a decade. It really sucks. Any other sheltered kids here?