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People Who Grew Up With Strict Parents Are Sharing Insane Rules They Had To Follow

"I wasn't allowed to use straws."

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On Tuesday, a Reddit thread asked people who grew up with strict parents about the "craziest rule" they had to follow. Here are some of the users' submissions.

1. No straws.

My dad wouldn't let me use straws because he said they could cut through my tongue or cheek like a hole punch. —crowning_sapphire

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2. If Sally's in trouble, so are you.

We were punished if my friends broke their own family rules. So Sally sneaks out or gets a tattoo without telling her mom, her mom tells my mom, and my mom grounds us. —jessizu

3. No Looney Tunes.

I wasn't allowed to watch most cartoons until I was a teenager. My mom thought Looney Tunes, Tom & Jerry, Mighty Mouse, etc. were all too violent." —WasabiChickpea

4. Everything is satanic.

No heavy metal, no Harry Potter because it was satanic, and no D&D or Magic: The Gathering because, again, it was satanic. —crimson_hobo

5. No saying "lie/liar/lying":

No using the words "lie," "liar," "lying." Instead we had to say "That's not the truth" or "That doesn't sound right." —PharmacyThumbprint

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6. No talking at dinner — at all.

No talking at the dinner table other than the occasional "Do you want some (more) of ___?" Or "Please pass the ___." We could not talk about anything at all. I make it a point now, with my kids, to chat up a storm each and every meal. —Lostclause

7. "Oh, fiddlesticks!" is not even allowed.

My husband wasn't allowed to say "frigging" or "gosh" or "fudge" or "goodness" or "sugar" or even "oh, fiddlesticks!" because it meant he was thinking a swear word and "it's the thought that counts." —Miranda_Mandarin

8. No drinking from the bathroom.

No drinking water from my bathroom. My bathroom genuinely had colder water and the best water in the house. I don't know what she possibly thought I was doing, but I had to drink lukewarm peasant water like the rest of my family. —EdragonX

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10. Curfew is 11 p.m. — even at 21.

Curfew was 11 p.m. for me until I was 21. Now, I'm 23 and have moved out, and when I go home to visit, my curfew is STILL midnight. —sunoko

11. "Fart" is a curse.

We couldn't say "stupid," "shut up," "heck," "darn," "freaking," or "fart." —helpidkwtfimdoing

12. Never say "never."

No saying "never" and "always" — because nothing is "never" or "always." My parents saw these words as exaggeration. For example, if I said something like "Man, we always have chicken for dinner," I would be reprimanded or grounded. —sunoko

13. No phone at night.

No texting or calling after 10 p.m. on school nights and midnight on weekends. —Megzor06

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14. Read the book first.

My friend's parents had a rule that if they wanted too see a movie or get a game, they would have to read the book it was based on first. —ooo-ooo-oooyea

15. Look both ways — once you're old enough.

I wasn't allowed to cross the street until I was 13. —jakbutt

Responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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