If it's them to any significant degree (enough that if they don't pay you can't afford it) then you may well have to listen to them.
It is them. Me and my sisters are lucky enough that they took the trouble to put the money away.
Thing is, my dad is telling me the same now; that I should ride less often, think less about horses, and study more. But I ride every 2-4 weeks and have a 90 average. My dad, (I'm regretfully the same, probably where I got it from) is a terrible worrywart. He fears when I get to Cegep, since classes are not 8:00 to 3:00 like in high school, I will go crazy with the extra freedom and ride all the time.
1. I am not so careless.
2. I don't have the money anyways. (though if I did, I admit I'd ride more often) ;)
My mom, she knows I am responsible and don't need telling when I have time to ride or not. My eldest sister, she got on the: Oh, you shouldn't ride, you'll have no time. Thing is, in university, she took swing dancing lessons and went out almost every week. She didn't exactly fail.
My dad won't get mad or force me to ride less often. He just keeps reminding me of it, hoping I'll stop riding and use my money on other things. He still thinks I am goign through a horsey phase. ;) I just got really mad when my sister started rambling on how I shouldn't ride at all, all school year, because her of all people, should understand.
There... my venting is over.