How did that impact on the person and parent you are today?
My dad is Greek and my mum from the UK and I had a very strict upbringing.
My parents (namely my dad) parented by using fear. Not fear of being beaten or anything but fear of him being disappointed in me. A result of that is silent treatment, or at least being given very short and abrupt responses when we tried to talk to him.
So instead of learning from our mistakes, we just feared doing anything.
Things we weren't able to do:
Talk back (eg say something was unfair that he did or said - not necessarily in a rude way but we weren't able to stick up for our feelings on anything - it was an 'I am the parent you are the child tough luck!' kind of scenario)
Slam doors if we were upset or angry
Watch TV shows like neighbours or home and away
Have boyfriends or girlfriends as teenagers
Have a part time job until Uni
Go to parties (and of course I was too scared to lie or sneak out)
Even when I was 18 my curfew was 12:00!
My parents also offered to pay for us to go to Uni (as a way of almost making us go - first generation to go when we did) but hey weren't going to pay for me to go to TAFE which meant I chose Marketing at Uni instead of interior design at TAFE (my biggest ever regret).
My parent were just lucky that I didn't rebel. That kind of strict parenting I guess can go one of two ways - the way we were - submissive and scared to really even be ourselves or total rebellion where we could have gone and done all the things they didn't want us doing.
How it has impacted me: I always saw men as authority figures and I've always found most men (mainly older) men intimidating. Well until I met my DH, the second I laid eyes on him I felt at ease and comfortable around him.
I also always bottle up my feelings. I grew up not being able to share my feelings and that obviously isn't healthy.
As for how that makes me as a parent, I'm really not sure yet. I know I don't want to parent like I was parented, but to be honest I'm not sure how to parent especially as my kids get older. I don't want them getting into the wrong things or getting pregnant early, but have no idea how to even go about that, or even how much my influence will either make that happen or hinder that from happening.
I think though just like everything I'm not going to parent to any extreme I don't want to be (and FTR I hate this term) a helicopter parent, but I can't be free range either, I'll always have some element of protectiveness, just not over protectiveness like my parents.
So what about everyone else?