The Internet Revealed The Craziest Rules Their Parents Made Them Follow As Kids

All households exist by a rule of law. My parents wouldn’t let me watch Desperate Housewives with them when I was a kid, cause Eva Longoria showed off her bra in an episode. Other than that, they were pretty chill.

Then, there are the parents who take things way too far and rule with an iron fist. r/AskReddit had these very parents.

1. “The Book Was Better”

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. – ooo-ooo-oooyea

2. Don’t Drink The Water

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. – EdragonX

3. The Sound Of Silence

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. – Lostclause

4. The Itchy & Scratchy Show

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. – WasabiChickpea

5. Safety First

I wasn’t allowed to cross the street until I was 13. – jakbutt

6. Pants On Fire

No using the words “lie,” “liar,” “lying.” Instead we had to say “That’s not the truth” or “That doesn’t sound right. – PharmacyThumbprint

7. Nomenclature

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. – sunoko

8. Also They Kill Turtles

My dad wouldn’t let me use straws because he said they could cut through my tongue or cheek like a hole punch. – crowning_sapphire

9. The Phone Call Window Is Closed

No texting or calling after 10 p.m. on school nights and midnight on weekends. – Megzor06

10. Hush

My mom didn’t allow the phrase “shut up.” – ____ryan____

11. Y’all Need Jesus

No heavy metal, no Harry Potter because it was satanic, and no D&D or Magic: The Gathering because, again, it was satanic. – crimson_hobo

12. Big Kid Now

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. – sunoko

13. Guilty By Association

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. – jessizu

14. Jee Willikers

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.” – Miranda_Mandarin