I’m wracking my brain and I can’t think of any really ridiculous rules I’ve had to deal with in someone else’s house…

But these AskReddit users have definitely been there and done that!

Check out what rules made them roll their eyes in a major way.

No privacy.

“My wife didn’t have a door on her bedroom until she was a teenager
because “you shouldn’t have to hide anything from your parents.”

Her mom also would get really upset if she closed her bedroom door at night when she went to sleep. All of the siblings would sleep with doors open.

It was a big adjustment for her at first when we got together to sleep with the bedroom door closed.”

Kind of extreme…

“I had a good friend who’s mom had locks installed on all the kitchen cabinets to prevent her only child from eating when he wasn’t supposed to.

When he got old enough to earn money, she took 50% of what ever he made. His senior year in high school when he turned 18 he came home from school and found all his belongings out in the driveway (Happy Birthday, child).

My mom and dad let him live with us till he could financially get on his feet.”

Better not be late.

“I knew a guy who, in his 20s, still had a bedtime enforced.

He had to be in bed by 8pm, and if he was sleeping over at a friend’s house (in this case at my house during my 21st birthday party) he had to phone his dad at 8pm to say he was going to bed (he didn’t go to bed though at least).”

I’m not getting up.

“My ex FIL had a rule that once he sat down for a meal, only his wife and grown children could get him anything he needed from the kitchen.

He would not stand up.”


“My friend’s parents ran a ‘tab’ for him and his brother.

They added up how much they spent on food, clothes, sports, etc. and told the two boys that’s how much they would have to pay them back. I remember once we got yelled at for eating his dad’s ‘snacks’ and he added it to the tab.

When they graduated, the parents ‘cleared the tab’ for their graduation gift, so basically they got nothing other than a reminder of how much they cost.”

Don’t touch it!

“I have a friend whose dad had one paper towel specifically used for eating bagels. You cannot re-heat or eat your bagel on anything other than the bagel towel.

No plates or bowls were allowed to be used for bagels. You got your turn with the bagel paper towel or you waited till it was free.”

One and done.

“When I was a kid, I spent a lot of time at my best friend’s house. Her mom wouldn’t let us drink more than one glass of water in the afternoon because she thought it would dilute the nutrients in our body.

Instead she gave us 7-up if we we were thirsty. I ended up secretly drinking water out of the bathroom faucet every time I used the bathroom when I was thirsty at her house.”


“My stepmom had a totally bonkers rule about feet.

She was irrationally afraid of plantar warts and, according to her, anyone she didn’t know intimately had plantar warts. As a family we had a second home/beach house that was basically a small bungalow and only had one restroom with one stall shower.

Nobody, no friends, relatives, could use that shower after the beach because they’ll get their plantar wart all over the floor and then she’ll take a shower and she’ll get plantar warts.

We also had a swimming pool and she would make new people, including children, WEAR SOCKS IN THE SWIMMING POOL. And as far as I know, nobody living in our house including her ever had plantar warts so… unreasonable? Sure. Effective? Sure.”


“Had a friend who was very much into computer gaming in the late ’90s/early 2000s.

Voodoo video cards were very much in vogue, but his parents forbade him from using the term “voodoo,” even in reference to the card.

They suggested they he instead call it the “V-card;” the hilarity of the situation was lost on them.”


“There was a kid in my neighborhood growing up that was not allowed to chew gum. He soaked a piece of leather in sugar water and chomped on that.

His parents were some strange religious nuts. They would scream about the devil if you knocked on their door Halloween night.”


“Family friend wasn’t allowed to say the word “gross” because it was his mom’s maiden name; I’m guessing she’d been teased as a kid and h**ed it .

My brother said it in front of him at our house once and the kid freaked out and told my mom he’d said a really bad word. That mom was just making her kid weirder with that one.”

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