Listen, every single family has its quirks.
There are things you think are normal until you start spending enough time in other people’s houses to realize not everyone does them.
So when this question popped up on Twitter… a lot of people responded.
Children of strict parents: what was one of your weirdest rules? I wasn’t allowed to wear shorts on Sunday. Apparently it made us too rowdy for Jesus. I’m still unclear.
— Dingus Khan 👻 (@The_Dingus_Khan) June 30, 2020
Usually, those things are funny, but when you’re dealing with strict parents, sometimes they’re…not.
And these 16 people are willing to share some memories from their totally strict upbringing on Twitter.
16. Rebellion came eventually.
It always does.
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
15. That’s…a lot of stuff to remember.
I would have been in trouble all the time.
Mom of 1000 superstitions:
Dont step over pillows. Dont put your purse on the floor. Dont sweep the broom over someones feet. Dont whistle/sweep/cut hair at night. Dont leave spoons in dishes in the sink when I go to the casino. Don’t cut tags from clothes on your body…
— Mystique 🦄🎶 (@ooMystique) June 30, 2020
14. Was it a clean thing, or…?
I bet they got fluffy slippers for Christmas every year.
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
13. That second one made me want to cry.
And I’m 40.
Grounded for one day for each minute we were late for curfew.
When Christmas fell on Sunday, had to go to Sunday School and church before opening any gifts.
— Kathi C (@roselundy1) June 30, 2020
12. Nothing that’s too fun!
No TV because it “looked too fun”. Also no going to church under any circumstances.
Like most classic high school bad boys, I snuck out of the house to go to church 😂.
— Koala_Walla (@ItsKoalaTeaTime) June 30, 2020
11. What…what are they for, then?
I have questions.
Windows aren’t for looking out of?
— Yasmin (@thisbrokeme) June 30, 2020
10. I bet she said butt all the time after she moved out.
Screamed it from the rooftops.
I wasn’t allowed to watch Disney movies or say butt at my dads.
— Professional Worrier (@pro_worrier_) June 30, 2020
9. So many parents had the no tv rule!
Was there a seminar everyone attended?
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. Dresses are fine but only if you want to wear them.
I believe in giving kids choices about their bodies like crazy.
I had to wear dresses to school 4 days a week.
— half.baked.in.atl (@propapergirl) June 30, 2020
7. So many things are Satanic.
It’s hard to keep up.
My parents weren’t strict, but my friend wasn’t allowed to see Jumanji. The game pieces moved on their own, so clearly it was satanic.
— Jane on a haunted hill (@janehilll) June 30, 2020
6. Because kids can’t figure out fake gun sounds?
They always have been able to, always will.
I could have action figures but if they came with guns, all those went into the trash. Absolutely no t-shirts with any kind of print on them or name brand shoes because “I won’t allow you to be a walking billboard.”
— S-Kyle-eton (@SpaceLeftEmpty) June 30, 2020
5. This seems fair, tbh.
Not always possible, but something to strive for.
If there was something I wanted to go do with friends, I had to give 24 hours notice for them to “think about it” and “talk it over.” Otherwise it was a blanket “No.”
— Matthew Powell (@matthewtpowell1) June 30, 2020
4. You never know where the devil’s hiding, I guess.
Knowing what we know now about J.K. Rowling…
I wasn’t allowed to read Harry Potter or celebrate Halloween.
— Krysta (@kaL12578) June 30, 2020
3. Wait, all the way to college?
That’s borderline insane.
I couldn’t go anywhere unless my cousins were also going. It really limited my choice of colleges.
— Disgruntled Dog Mom (@_octo_pie_) June 30, 2020
2. There’s a difference between strict and…whatever this is.
I think abuse is the right word.
Not strict but abuse, but I was never allowed to have new shoes, my sister was allowed to have new shoes tho, but when it came to me I was basically wearing shoes smaller than my feet
— Chris delones (@brokencontrolah) June 30, 2020
1. Is that strict or just old-fashioned?
Is there a difference?
I wouldn’t say mine were strict, but they were/are very religious. We couldn’t say “fart” or even “butt.” It was “toot” and “pass gas.”
— Princess Buttercup (@AsYouuuWiiish) June 30, 2020
My parents weren’t not strict, but they weren’t like this!
If you had strict parents, what would you add to this thread?
Tell us in the comments!