My dad is so strict. I know he loves me, but he doesn’t really show it. I even heard my mom talking to her sister about it.
Your dad is strict because he loves you, but strictness can be overbearing. Tell your dad you respect his rules and know he cares about you, but that it’d be nice if he loosened up a bit. Let him know an occasional kind word goes a long way. Also, maybe your mom could discuss this with your dad instead of your aunt.