People Share The Weirdest 'House Rules' They Had Growing Up
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Sometimes parents just need a break. So they concoct distorted realities to suppress the desires of their innocent children!


u/ctsom asked, "What was a house rule you had as a kid that you thought was completely normal until you grew up and realized not all households followed?"What was a house rule you had as a kid that you thought was completely normal until you grew up and realized not all households followed?"

Order, Order!

We had "family council" every Sunday night after dinner. We would sit and say good things that happened that week, share our grievances if we had any (we always did), make a dinner menu, and assign chores.

Frankly, it was stellar parenting. Though, if I mention it to my mother now, she will brag about it for a solid 20 minutes before we can move on.

u/Illarie

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Push Through

If I got hurt doing a certain activity I wasn't allowed to do that activity again.

My mother ended that rule though when I broke my wrist snowboarding when I was 16 and didn't tell her until a month later when I couldn't move my wrist at all and it required surgery with a bone graft to repair.

u/_njhiker

Absolutely No Squishy Things!

No gum. No play doh. No cereal with sugar as one of the top 3 ingredients. No Simpsons.

I had basically no rules growing up, but those four things would make them lose their goddamn minds. I still get anxious when I'm chewing gum and I'm 35.

u/SiFiWiRi

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In This House, We Earn Our Celebrations

my Dad used to set up mine and my sister's Easter egg hunts in such a way we followed written clues from place to place, as way to help us learn to read. until I was a young adult, I assumed that was how all kids did Easter egg hunts.

u/QueenElsaArrendelle

As Good A Place As Any

I come from a large family. Any time we'd order pizza, we ordered a few different kinds because, obviously, there were different preferences. Any left overs were left in their respective boxes and placed in the oven.

I did that when I lived with a couple of roommates and of course their reaction was: "I just burned this box. Why was this in the fu**ing oven?"

u?Justgivme1

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Reality is Arbitrary

I wasn't allowed to take a shower if I was home alone.

I also learned at age 7 that other households closed the bathroom door when using the toilet and keeping it open was weird. I learned that by keeping the door open at a friend's house, a friend walked by the bathroom, saw me, told their mom, their mom called my mom, and all of a sudden the new house rule was we close the bathroom door when using the toilet.

u/gothchrysallis

A Careful System

Any of the kids (7 of us) can play with any toy that is left out. The owner of the toy can't take it back until whoever's playing with it is done. If the toy is put away in the owner's room, permission must be asked.

u/JetScootr

A Little Quick Off The Draw There Ma

My mom freaks out about hearing commercials on TV. The second it goes to commercial break it has to be muted. She also mutes it if she thinks it's about to go to commercial, even though sometimes she's wrong. And she doesn't really pay attention, so she doesn't notice a lot of the time when the commercials are over so she leaves it on mute when the show is back on. It's very difficult to watch TV with her.

u/code_name_jellyfish

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Expand Please

Tape half the house off in winter

u/WatertotheTree

They're Still In There!

My parents would check my and my brother's teeth for "sugar bugs" every night after we brushed our teeth, before we got in bed. If they thought we were trying to skip brushing our teeth they would tell us they could see the sugar bugs in our teeth and would make us go brush again. My brother and I were so convinced these sugar bugs were real we would constantly ask when we'd be able to see them, my parents always told us only people 13 and older could see them, but by the time we got to be 13 we had completely forgotten about the sugar bugs in our teeth.

u/batman1227

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