The thing is that when my mother said "no". It meant "no". And you rarely questioned it because you know if you did, like some of you said, she would just say "because I said so" and you had to accept that. Try with a teenager now, believe me it dont work any more.
I had a midnight curfew from 16 to 21. Because I lived at home until I was 21 and my mother would always use the reason "While you live under my roof you live by my rules"
The only time I really feel like a fogey is when I remember that I used to be able to go out to the pub for a few drinks buy a packet of ciggarettes and listen to a band or dance at the disco and then catch a taxi home totally smashed and it would cost me less then $20.