My mom and dad were definitely strict about some things when I was growing up, but not about others.
Drinking and drugs: HUGE TROUBLE.
Bad grades: A WORLD OF TROUBLE.
But since I kept my nose relatively clean, I was allowed a lot of freedom. Like a pretty late curfew and, if I was going to a concert or a show, even on a weeknight, it was allowed even if I’d be getting home at 2 a.m. on a school night.
So that was pretty cool of them.
But these folks you’re about to meet: they had some pretty weird rules when they were growing up.
Here’s what they had to say…
1. What the heck?
Extreme Parenting 101.
Can’t look in the microwave window when food is cooking, can’t have your hair down in the kitchen, can’t go out the back door and come in the side door, vegetables must be boiled, can’t take a shower or use the phone when it’s raining….yeah I get this lol
— Catherine2drinks (@Toastburglar) June 30, 2020
2. Cult activity.
I was raised in a cult.
No necklaces for men, because they made you gay.
No long hair for men, see above rule
— ☠️✞ø✖ḯḉ☣️🏳️🌈 ✊🏾BLM (@Toxic_lmml) June 30, 2020
3. No bare arms.
What’s this country coming to?
None for me but our friends had to wear long sleeve shirts when they had company, even other kids. So we played at my house and my parents let them go bare armed in t shirts.
I think that’s what’s wrong with america today. Bare armed adolescent hooligans.
— jwill9311 (@jwill9311) June 30, 2020
4. Can I open the fridge?
Also, no laughing!
Not allowed to go in the fridge without asking. No laughing/talking while Dad was driving. One of my dads favorite punishments was having us sit on our hands when we were “hyper”
— Francis Kelly (@kz296) June 30, 2020
Get up! Now!
No sleeping in. Ever. By 8am you should be up, bed made, eaten breakfast & doing dishes. 😴 Then I had kids & never let anybody wake them. So there.
— Deana (@quietlypeeping) June 30, 2020
6. Is your Dad the preacher from Footloose?
That is wild.
I wasn’t allowed to wear tank tops until I was 17.
I wasn’t allowed to sleep with my phone in my room until I was 17.
I wasn’t allowed to use my phone or computer if I stayed home from school sick.
I wasn’t allowed to say “lame” or “whatever” https://t.co/u2Wpoym3TT
— the great saiyaman (@van_kellsing) July 1, 2020
7. No closed doors.
Never understood this one.
No tv in the bedroom. I didn’t have a tv in there until I moved out. Also, I wasn’t allowed to decorate my room. No closed doors allowed too, so my room had to match the decor of the rest of the house.
— Matt (@A_Mad_Guitarist) June 30, 2020
8. Don’t let them see your feet!
Not a fan of the feet in this house.
Had to wear full, fluffy slippers in the house. Flip flop style not allowed, even in summer. Bare foot, I may as well have been dead!!
— Laura (@Laura_TheMummy) June 30, 2020
9. No thank you.
I’d be outta there in a heartbeat.
We weren’t allowed shorts at all unless in a completely sex segregated environment. I wasn’t allowed secular music except jazz or classical. My sister couldn’t cut her hair or wear makeup. Men in the church were strongly discouraged from facial hair.
— Will Bridges (@WillBridges15) June 30, 2020
10. Did you actually follow this rule?
I bet you didn’t…
I wasn’t allowed to kiss a boy until I got married. 😬
— Sugarplums (@Sugarpl08205726) June 30, 2020
11. That’s enough fun.
Maybe you can have some more tomorrow.
It wasn’t really a definite rule, more an unspecified amount of fun you were allowed to have, after which, “No, you’ve had enough fun (today, this weekend, this week).”
I never could get an answer on how the fun limit was set or what triggered it.
— minnaloushe (@minnaloushe_mia) June 30, 2020
12. That didn’t help things.
We know who to blame.
I had to wear a skirt or dress once a week to school and was only allowed to wear jeans once a week. I was a hugely unpopular dork and this didn’t help. Thanks, mom.
— simply amanda ☕🐾❤️🍺 (@AmandaLandy) June 30, 2020
13. Out of control.
I hope you rebelled…at least a little bit.
(1) My curfew in HS was 11 PM; I got in trouble for coming home at 10:45 b/c it was “cutting it too close”. (2) I got straight As in HS, but once got in trouble b/c my “A was too close to an A-“.
“Almost” only counts in horseshoes, hand grenades, and rules set by Tiger Moms 😐
— Liz Lenivy (@soshimshi) June 30, 2020
How about you?
Were your parents really strict when you were coming of age?
Tell us all about it in the comments.
Please and thank you!