As a parent, it’s important to set rules for your children. Otherwise, they won’t learn key disciplines that will serve them well later in life. But sometimes, parents can go a little overboard in the rules department.
If strict curfews were your biggest worry growing up, then you had it good compared to these kids. Now that they’re all grown up, these kids with strict parents hopped on Reddit to reveal the most ridiculous rules they had to follow.
1. No straws
My dad wouldn’t let me use straws because he said they could cut through my tongue or cheek like a hole punch.
My mom didn’t allow the phrase “shut up.”
3. Too violent
I wasn’t allowed to watch most cartoons until I was a teenager. My mom thought Looney Tunes, Tom & Jerry, Mighty Mouse, etc. were all too violent.”
4. Satan is everywhere
No heavy metal, no Harry Potter because it was satanic, and no D&D or Magic: The Gathering because, again, it was satanic.
5. Liar, liar
No using the words “lie,” “liar,” “lying.” Instead we had to say “That’s not the truth” or “That doesn’t sound right.”
6. No talking at dinner
No talking at the dinner table other than the occasional “Do you want some (more) of ___?” Or “Please pass the ___.” We could not talk about anything at all. I make it a point now, with my kids, to chat up a storm each and every meal.
7. Even thinking of it counts
My husband wasn’t allowed to say “frigging” or “gosh” or “fudge” or “goodness” or “sugar” or even “oh, fiddlesticks!” because it meant he was thinking a swear word and “it’s the thought that counts.”
No drinking water from my bathroom. My bathroom genuinely had colder water and the best water in the house. I don’t know what she possibly thought I was doing, but I had to drink lukewarm peasant water like the rest of my family.
9. How is that fair?
We were punished if my friends broke their own family rules. So Sally sneaks out or gets a tattoo without telling her mom, her mom tells my mom, and my mom grounds us.
10. At least you got an extra hour
Curfew was 11 p.m. for me until I was 21. Now, I’m 23 and have moved out, and when I go home to visit, my curfew is STILL midnight.
11. Was Mario based on a book?
My friend’s parents had a rule that if they wanted too see a movie or get a game, they would have to read the book it was based on first.
12. Grounded for saying “always”
No saying “never” and “always” — because nothing is “never” or “always.” My parents saw these words as exaggeration. For example, if I said something like “Man, we always have chicken for dinner,” I would be reprimanded or grounded.
13. No texting after 10
No texting or calling after 10 p.m. on school nights and midnight on weekends.
14. Fart is a curse word
We couldn’t say “stupid,” “shut up,” “heck,” “darn,” “freaking,” or “fart.”
15. Look both ways
I wasn’t allowed to cross the street until I was 13.