very once in awhile, you may think back on your childhood and realize, "Wait a second. That rule made zero sense at all."
For instance, when I was a kid, the rule was that you had to finish all the food on your dinner plate. If you didn't finish your dinner, it went in the fridge and you ate it for breakfast the next day. If you still didn't finish it, well, you knew what you were having for lunch.
As an adult, I recognize that this rule was pretty bonkers (although I also totally get the whole "don't waste food" thing). In a recent AskReddit thread, Redditors came together to talk about the absurd rules they grew up with in their own households, and boy oh boy. There are some real doozies on this list.
1. Here's a phone with an unlimited texting plan. There's just one thing you should know...
I had unlimited texting on my cell phone plan, but couldn’t go over 100 in a month or I was grounded. – jonbabe
Sure. Makes perfect sense.
2. Sneeze once, shame on you...
The most bizarre rule that my siblings and I put up with was that we weren’t allowed to sneeze multiple times in a row. One sneeze? Fine. Another sneeze after some arbitrary number of minutes later? No problem. Two sneezes in a row? Get yelled at for being unhygienic (even if you covered your nose/mouth properly) and for having no manners. – Asphodelic
3. Shaving? Not in this household!
I wasn’t allowed to shave my legs. I guess my mom’s thinking was that all the hair would serve as boy repellant. It wasn’t necessary, though; my personality was more than enough to keep me from getting laid. – albadross
I was not allowed to use the money cheat on Sims growing up because that’s not how the “real world” works, I used the cheat once and couldn’t explain where all the money I had came from so I was grounded and had Sims taken away.
(FYI: “Rosebud” is the Sims money cheat code, BTW. But don’t tell this person’s parents I knew that.)
5. Beverages are a privilege; not a right.
I wasn’t raised strict at all, but looking back I realize that not being allowed to have a drink at dinner is kinda weird. At lunch? Fine. At a restaurant? Sure. But regular dinner at home? No drink or you might be too full to eat all of your food. – PePziNL
This next one has to do with the mail. What absurd rule could possibly be made about the mail, you ask? Just you wait…