6. You never know what that mail truck is hiding.
My mom was paranoid everyone and everything was a kidnapper. She hated the mailman on our route. So, when I was young, 3, 4 years old, my mom told me it was illegal to be outside when the mail came.
Around 11:15 every day I’d see that truck coming. I’d high tail it inside the house, terrified I would be spotted.
Fast forward 30 years. I still genuinely feel a tinge of panic in the smallest recesses of the back of my brain when I see the mailman arrive. Only now it’s overpowered by the excitement of my latest Amazon package I really don’t need. – ajustice83
7. And speaking of mail...
Nobody in my house was allowed to get the mail except my dad. Doesn’t matter what time he got home. Leave the mail in the mailbox. He would also personally open all the mail no matter the recipient. He would always know if anyone touched it. – xxxtommyXxXxX
8. The day Blockbuster closed down was probably the saddest day in this person's life.
You could rent movies, but not go to the movie theater. The logic was people may think you’re seeing a rated R movie if you’re seen at a theatre and that sets a bad example. – Tort–feasor
9. No magic allowed.
My mom used to not allow me to watch any movies that had magic in them. Jumanji was considered “demonic.” I didn’t even see the Little Mermaid until I was 16. I didn’t watch the Princess and the Frog until I had moved out.
10. And of course, no Harry Potter. It wouldn't be a list about childhood rules without some Harry Potter in the mix.
My grandmother made me write out the encyclopedia entry on witchcraft when she found out I had read the first 4 Harry Potter books. – dkimball50