31 People Share the Weird Rules Their Families Have

All families aer different and each one has their own rules and traditions.

Some are good, some are bad, and SOME ARE WEIRD.

But, to each their own, right?

Let’s jump into these responses from AskReddit users.

1. I like this one!

“If we haven’t been to a restaurant before, nobody is allowed to order the same thing.”

2. Still following this rule today…

“All while growing up my family had a 24 hour rule for leftovers.

It goes like this, if you have something in the fridge you bought, called dibs on, or didn’t eat you have 24 hours before it becomes unclaimed property. At that time it is no longer protected.

I still follow this rule today.”

3. Don’t forget!

“If you are the last person to leave the house you need to put the radio on for the cat.

No questions asked.”

4. Better than washing out your mouth, I guess.

“If you swear and mom hears it, you must immediately go and wash any dirty dish in the kitchen and dining room.”

5. I can get behind this.

“No eating crunchy foods during movies.”

6. Call your Mother!

“Parents don’t call kids or nag if kids don’t call.

Kids are to call their parents. Started from my grandmother because her mom made her feel guilty for not calling/writing enough.”

7. I love it!

“Our weird house rule is ‘No scary movies until it’s dark out’.

The exception is if we’re able to black out a room to watch it in, like the basement. I feel it adds enough to the ambiance that it’s worth it.”

8. Don’t be tacky.

“Don’t have your picture taken holding a drink.

Mom just thinks it looks tacky. None of us have a problem drinking or with drinking. It’s just something my mom asked my not to do and I’ve always abided by it as much as I can.”

9. Do not disturb.

“The cat rule.

If the cat is in your lap, sleeping or not, you can get people to do small things for you (get you a Kleenex, drink, etc.) so as not to disturb the cat.

You can also claim the cat rule to avoid setting the table or similar tasks. Started out as a joke and became a very real thing.”

10. Okay…

“Never whistle when you’re near the pond.

This was at my old family home. We moved away from there nearly 30 years ago. Strange thing is, when I ask my parents about this rule they have no idea what I’m talking about.

I very much remember it being sort of a big deal.”

11. Putting an end to this.

“No. Licking. The dog.

My little brothers were getting out of hand and they started licking the dog. We had to establish this rule to make sure they dont do it again.”

12. Time for you to take over.

“If you touch whatever is cooking, you become the cook. For example, if you come stir a pot or lift a lid, you own it.

Exceptions are made for preventing something from overflowing or catching fire, though if the latter happens, it may be best for someone else to take over.”

13. Don’t be a commoner.

“Cans of soda or beer are only to be consumed inside the house. People who drink out of a can outside are “common”.

That’s the only explanation I ever got from my Mother and she was very adamant about it. So, you want to drink something that came out of a can outside – put it in a glass.”

14. You know what to do.

“I’m not sure how many people can relate with this,maybe nobody. But when i was young i was the “tv banger”.

In old black n white tv was very common that the screen went crazy because of some fail in it and you had to slap it. So i was the person who had to always stand up and bang it.”

15. Rules of the house.

“No books at the dinner table unless it’s the dictionary.

A serving of cookies is exactly 3 cookies.”

16. Dying of thirst over here.

“My mom won’t/wouldn’t let us have ANY drinks 30mins before, during, or after after any meal. We’d be thirsty as hell and she wouldn’t let us.

When people came over she’d explain her dumb rule and expect people to abide. If not, she’d say in a jokingly manner, “Fine, but you shouldn’t be drinking before-during-after eating.””

17. Don’t go near him.

“Don’t bother dad while he’s eating.

I was a stay at home dad and did most of the cooking. After dishing up and serving everyone, I’d plate my food just in time for everyone to come back for seconds, which i would dish up for them.

After a couple years of eating lukewarm food (and the kids were big enough to dish up their seconds) I made the rule so I could actually have a hot meal. I still enforce this rule.”

18. No remote for Mom.

“Most of the shows we watch are recorded live, and then watched later in the week.

Mother cannot control the remote, as she will skip the commercials and go 5 minutes further, then spend just as long getting back to the correct stop as it would have been to watch the commercials in the first place.”

19. I can get behind this.

“My family always has 2 dogs, you may insult the younger dog as much as you want, but you must never insult the elder dog.”

20. Whatever floats your boat.

“You know how most people worship cats?

We do that, but for ducks.”

21. Sounds like my family…

“We’re all incredibly sarcastic and kinda rude to each other. It’s how we show love but to avoid any actual hurt feelings if anyone ever says the exact phrase ‘stop teasing’ it’s over and everyone apologises.

Grew up with this rule and trust me kindergarten was a rough awakening when bullies don’t bend over backwards at my magic phrase.

Overall good way to grow up goofing around and joking with family but make sure no one is actually offended when you roast them nonstop over something stupid.”

22. This is very specific.

“When there are multiple dessert options after a large family meal, the lime jelly must be included in the options offered to everyone, but nobody may accept the lime jelly. Only my stepdad may have the lime jelly.

The strange thing is that this was never a conscious decision we made, and it was never really noticed until I was seventeen. It was the first time my now partner was invited to a big family meal. After the meal, my grandma told us the dessert options as usual, then looked to my partner first as he was a guest. He politely asked for lime jelly.

For the awkward silence that followed, he might as well have asked if he could eat the cat. Then there was this weird awkward conversation where we had to explain the lime jelly rule which we’d never consciously thought about before.

It ended with my stepdad, for the first time in the four years he’d lived with us, deciding to have a different dessert so my partner could have the lime jelly.

Americans – I think you call it jello? The smooth wobbly stuff, not the stuff you put in sandwiches.”

23. First Day!

“We have a “First Day” rule. You are not allowed to ask to play with or use any toys/items of your siblings on the first day they receive them. So birthdays and holidays that you get presents, you do not have to share with the others.

And if they try, you get to yell “First Day!””

24. That’s a nice rule.

“When a guest leaves you need to walk out to their car with them no matter what the weather.

We were taught its a sign of care and respect for the guests.”

25. Very strange.

“When a guest leaves you need to walk out to their car with them no matter what the weather.

We were taught its a sign of care and respect for the guests.”

26. Leave me alone.

“When we need some time by ourselves we say, “I’m going to do ______, don’t bother me.”

It’s just our way of saying we need some alone time.”

27. Seating chart.

“When eating a meal together, we have a certain sitting arrangement. But when drinking a coffee, me and my mum swich seats.

Same table, different arrangement.”

28. Not in this house!

“No Monopoly allowed. We tried it for a few family game nights. It never ended well.

My wife donated all Monopoly versions.”

29. Pretty clever.

“No sweeping or mopping at night.

Mom & dad claim its bad luck but I know it’s cuz they’re tired of us quickly doing our chores as they pull up in the driveway.”

30. That darn cat.

“If you wake up early to go to the bathroom, and you feed the cat, you feed him by the front door so we all know he ate.

Otherwise he’ll scam the next person out of a second breakfast. And sometimes a third person…”

31. Don’t forget to wash the garbage.

“My mother in law must wash all plates before putting them in the dishwasher to be washed. And all garbage must be washed before being put in the garbage can.

If you throw out something, like an empty jar of apple sauce with the lid on it, she will fish it out of the trash, wash it out, then put the lid back on and throw it away.”

Wow…those responses are very…interesting…

Did your family have any weird rules and regulations growing up?

Please tell us about it in the comments.