Post # 1
One of the bloggers I read just had a post about how her mom didn’t let her have coloring books growing up because she thought they stifled creativity. Then she asked her readers to name the weirdest rules they had growing up– and the answers were so interesting!
I actually have a really hard time think of weird rules from my parents because they were pretty lenient with me and I had less rules than most of my friends. My mom did have a strict no pop before 12pm and only 1 pop per day rule… but that makes total sense imo and I never really fought it.
My dad always tells about how when he was a kid on Christmas morning his parents’ rule was that he and his sisters ALL had to eat the entire orange in their stocking before waking his parents up. Basically just to give them an extra 20 minutes to sleep lol.
So what about you? What weird rules did you have growing up? Or do you have weird rules for your kids?
Post # 3
We use to have to get changed for dinner, like as in put on a dress and everything. (I have a pretty old school family lol)
Also my grandmother wouldn’t allow us to have anything with birds, ie if you got a card with a brid on it she would cut the bird out, same with books, ect. She grew up in a very superstitious family, and it’s carried on for generations lol. (FYI I have nothing aganist birds lol)
Also if one of us got grounded, like my parents would ground us from the computer, they would unplug the keyboard and keep it in the trunk of their car, so there was no way we could use it. lol
Post # 4
I like the one pop per day rule! I think all parents should do that.
The weirdest one I can think of right now is that my parents never let me watch soap operas or MTV the entire time I lived at their house. I understand limiting TV like that during elementary and even middle school, but when I was a senior in high school i would get in trouble if I was caught watching either. I thought that was weird. Meanwhile, they didn’t care much if I drank with friends.
Post # 5
I honestly can’t think of any weird rules my parents had for us. I’ll have to ponder ……
Curious to hear everyone’s answers though!
Post # 6
i wasn’t allowed to watch “jem” because she had pink hair and my dad said that she was a social misfit hahahaha
ETA: just thought of the irony because my little sister has pink hair now and no one seems to care ha
Post # 7
My dad declared no starting on homework after school until I watched the Beetlejuice cartoon first, and no playing on Saturday until after Bugs Bunny was over. I didn’t really mind those weird rules. 🙂 He did know what was important sometimes.
Post # 8
@moderndaisy: haha that is kind of funny. I wasn’t allowed to watch simpsons, which I guess was weird because I WAS allowed to watch R rated movies. I think by hs i probably could’ve watched simpsons but I just didn’t care.
Post # 9
lol I can tell this is going to be a funny thread. I always felt like my mom was quite strict with us growing up compared to other kids mom’s. She was/is a clean freak. Mainly she didn’t let us have a lot of sleepovers in the fear of getting lice from other children. She also didn’t like us trying on hats at the store in fear of lice hiding in the hats haha. We always had to put toilet paper on public washroom seats or squat because she didn’t want us touching it. Had to open the door with paper towel (I still do those two things lol) Oh and she wouldn’t let us play in the ditches to catch tadpoles and so we got upset because ALLLL the other kids got to and we weren’t allowed. haha omg looking back it’s hilarious
Post # 10
I didn’t have too many weird rules, but my mom was pretty anal about some things. Not allowed to leave your toothbrush out of the cupboard or drawer because when you flush the toilet it spreads germs, not allowed to touch the shower curtain before washing your hands even if you’re about to have a shower (fancy white one), etc. etc. CLEAN FREAK! lol
Also, I was a straight A student so my parents had this rule with me that I could have a lot of flexibility as long as I kept my grades up. If I didn’t feel like going to school one day I didn’t have to go. If I wanted to drink I was allowed in moderation. If I got a a B, however, well I was on lock down. No friends, no phone, no computer, and driven to and from school for a month. lol.
It all worked out in the end. I think I’m pretty well-rounded…most of the time!
Edit: Oh the bird thing reminded me of something! My grandmother wouldn’t allow me to have anything with butterflys on it…especially not for your hair. I guess when my uncle was young his girlfriend was abducted and later found murdered (sad, I know)…she was wearing a butterfly in her hair. Superstitious grandma!
Post # 11
My parents hated call waiting and we weren’t allowed to have it on any of the phone lines in the house. They thought it was rude. My mom would actually hang up on people who would put her on hold for another call. They finally got it but they still won’t pick up another call, but they know to check the caller ID after the call is over. So needless to say I am still not ‘allowed’ to pick up another call if I am on the phone with my parents.
Post # 12
my parents also had a rule that we weren’t allowed to have tv’s in our bedrooms, my little sister is 20 and just moved back in… they still won’t budge on that rule lol
Post # 13
We weren’t allowed to watch Looney Toons because my mom said the characters didn’t respect each other. But Pulp Fiction was just fine.
Also, we had to unplug the TV every night. Something about sending negative cancerous energy throughout the house.
Post # 14
@mrs.peters.to.be: my parents were the same way, particularly in my last year of high school when I could drive. My gpa was 4.2 (honors classes = 5pts), so my mom said if I could handle keeping my grades up I could go or not go when I wanted. I generally took at least one “mental health day” per week. In my second semester my spanish teacher threatened to fail me for missing so much class! Which was super dumb because I was getting an A lol. Needless to say, she did not fail me 🙂
Post # 15
@Lovebird724: Aww Jem was my personal hero! She was all kinds of awesome.
I wasn’t allowed to watch Tiny Toons when I was little because my mom said they were “disrespectful to authority” and in one episode they had a séance.
Post # 16
I have a funny one from my Mum. I don’t know how much of a “rule” it was, but she would say it all the time. Before we went to sleepaway camp. Before our first day of school. When I left for collage. And it was not reserved for just my siblings and myself either, she would say it to our friends before we would go out to parties, etc….
From my mum, “If it’s wet, and not yours, don’t touch it.”
Can you tell she is a teacher?? I used to get so embarrased and weirded out as a kid. But now I think it is hysterical!! Oh her other rule was “no open mouth kissing if you or the other person has braces.” Hahahaha. Oh mum, I love you.