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    People Are Sharing The Rules Their Parents Had For Them Growing Up And These 17 Are Pretty Weird

    "Don't walk downstairs with glasses or socks on."

    We recently asked our BuzzFeed Community parents to tell us about the strange rules that their parents had for them when they were kids. Here are some of their answers:

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    "We weren't allowed to leave the refrigerator open for more than ten seconds. There was a timer on the fridge and it would beep when it went past ten seconds."

    twigletfluff7671

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    "We could have a lie in on Sunday (until about 10am-ish) but on Saturday we all had to wake up early. I don't know why because it wasn't like we did anything different on that day."

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    "Only dad was allowed to use pint glasses."

    charley_victoria97

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    "I wasn't allowed to put on anything scented before bed. Not even lotion on a cold night. I should go to bed scentless or else my mom would get mad."

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    "My parents wouldn’t let my siblings and me watch Aussie soaps like Neighbours and Home & Away which were all the rage in the UK during the late 80s and early 90s and all our friends ever spoke about. Even worse, they wouldn’t let us watch a programme called Grange Hill cause it was 'inappropriate' and 'unsuitable for children'. Grange Hill was a literal show FOR KIDS set in a SCHOOL!"

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    "No shaving allowed at all before I was 18. And I was like, 'why?'"

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    "I wasn't allowed to shower after 9pm, while my bedtime was 10:30pm. The only exception was when I was working in a store and I had to work until 9pm."

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    "No boys upstairs. Not even allowed to put one foot on the bottom step. Meh – turned out I'm a lesbian so it wouldn't have even been an issue!"

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    Some submissions have been edited for length or clarity.

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