Re: Your parents' attitude towards your drumming
My parents were very supportive about my drumming (and my guitar playing, piano lessons and my marching band). I sort of wish they'd forced me to be more structured about drumming when I started out, but on the other hand I'm not sure I would have stuck with it if it was "forced" on me.
When I first got my "real" kit, it was set up in the hallway outside my parents' and sister's bedrooms, and only a few meters away from my grandparents' part of the house. I have absolutely no idea how they possibly managed to live with me slamming my kit all day up there. My parents "had to" be supportive, I guess, but I can't even remember my sister ever complaining.
I'm the only musician in my family. There are a couple of family members (dad and a couple of uncles) who can strum a guitar, and my sister took piano lessons for a couple of years, but never showed any real interest or stuck with it. I have no idea where my interest in music came from, or what made me want to play drums.