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What is the wackiest rule in your house?

post #1 of 13
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We don't have a lot of rules, but those we have evolved out of necessity because of something that happened, so they might not seem typical. None are too weird. We have one about not putting empty toilet paper rolls in sinks because one of my kids used to get the sinks plugged up all the time by doing that. Does anyone have any rules that you've ended up with that would sound weird to someone who didn't know the history?
post #2 of 13

When our youngest DD Sage was crawling our two older girls were 12 and 14, we had some rules about leaving stuff lying around that she might put in her mouth. Around Halloween 2000 when Sage was just a year, we had some incidents with candy wrappers and I instituted a 10 cent fine for every candy wrapper I had to pick up. "No claiming and no denying, both older kids pay for every incident."  The candy didn't last long (and I didn't buy more) but the fine system worked well. I had tried everything and our baby was choking on papers left on the floor and under and on the furniture, so something had to be done. Sage was really quick and tricky about grabbing stuff and stuffing it into her mouth at that age. I'm not a fan of holding someone responsible for perhaps someone elses' mess, but they were both leaving stuff lying around, and I know one of them would always blame the other one, so we knew our kids well enough to institute this policy.

 

I did ban my oldest DD from dying her hair in the house starting when she was about 16. I couldn't have cared less if she dyed her hair or what color, but she ruined a freshly painted bathroom with jet black hair dye. It looked like she had flipped her hair while it was full of dye, and there was permanent black dye everywhere. Then she didn't clean up and must have spilled, because under everything was a ring of black dye. I'm sure her boyfriend's mom thought I was an ogre.... until she let DD1 dye her hair at her house.

post #3 of 13

When the girls were tiny and dd2 just starting to play with toys, I combined groups of toys and declare them "one game" and allowed only one game at a time.  I also banished all large bags from the accessible areas of the house.  The reason was because jealous little dd1 would pull off every toy and declare it part of her game, then stuff it in the bag and drag this bag around, which was heavier than she was almost, all so dd2 couldn't get at the toys.

 

I know we have other strange rules, I just can't think of them.  Thankfully, that rule faded.  Not because they learned to share but because they both discovered new ways to be greedy and possessive.  :nut

post #4 of 13

Funny, yesterday I screamed that if I found one more candy wrapper not in the trash I was going to burn the house down. The puppy is constantly running through the house with a wrapper in her mouth. Fining them might be a little more effective and less messy :)

 

Mine are 13 and 8, so my rules are mostly about getting along.  You fight I take away whatever you were doing and you have to find something to do together (like a game) and play nicely or you're both in trouble.  

post #5 of 13
No face planting on the bed. It shakes the house and the beds are mattresses on the floor so it also scares me a little each time.
post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by mamalisa View Post
 

Funny, yesterday I screamed that if I found one more candy wrapper not in the trash I was going to burn the house down. The puppy is constantly running through the house with a wrapper in her mouth. Fining them might be a little more effective and less messy :)

 

Mine are 13 and 8, so my rules are mostly about getting along.  You fight I take away whatever you were doing and you have to find something to do together (like a game) and play nicely or you're both in trouble.  


I concur! I have a really funny picture in my mind of a cute little puppy running with a candy wrapper in her mouth, ears flying out behind her, to chew on it and swallow it before MamaLisa gets to her! :rotflmao

 

I love it!

post #7 of 13

"Don't swallow with your mouth open."

 

I never envisioned needing to utter these words.  Who would?  But my oldest has a deviated septum that can't be corrected until he stops growing and it has rendered him a mouth-breather.  Most people have the luxury of never thinking about this, but we all swallow occasionally, even when we're not eating.  God bless him, my son has recently figured out how to swallow without closing his mouth.  Evidently, it feels nice to be able to do that without interrupting his breathing even for a second or two.  So it has become a habit.

 

If you think CHEWING with one's mouth open is gross (and I REALLY think it's gross), then at all costs avoid listening to someone swallow with their mouth open.  You know how they say that God doesn't give you more than you can handle?  He's testing me, with this one.

post #8 of 13

I have been guilty of actually saying, "The road to hell is paved with good intentions." It caused my dh to have to leave the room because he was laughing so hard. (It's been years and I haven't lived it down, yet.) One of my kids did something (I can't remember what) and then when caught said, "I didn't mean for that to happen."  The early teen years are fife with "I didn't mean for that to happen." when some poorly thought idea blows up and stuff gets destroyed.

 

Also, I can't remember what happened, but we were stressed, leaving the house with three girls (two teens who were taking their time applying make up and arranging their hair, and a toddler) and someone did something ridiculous and I actually said, "JESUS TAPDANCING CHRIST!" Again, the man had to leave the area because he was laughing so hard.

 

I'm an excitable girl. :innocent

post #9 of 13

I remembered a couple:

 

No dipping the broccoli in the orange juice unless you plan to drink the OJ.

 

No licking the maple syrup off the plate if you want another pancake.

post #10 of 13
For a while we had "don't kiss the cat on the lips". I guess it is still a rule but DD1 hasn't tried to do it for ages.

In a similar vein "don't touch the cat's bottom, it's private". She used to follow him around with an outstretched finger. Occasionally he would do a little, startled leap forward when she connected.
And, when he started to lower his back end to the ground she would crouch behind him, hands on knees and tilt her head over to peer under his tail.
post #11 of 13

No poking me in the butt while we're riding on the tandem. 

post #12 of 13

From a long time ago (my youngest is almost 10 now): Do not paint smiley faces on the wall with poop.

 

Recently with my oldest (14): If you run out of deoderant and have to use mine, don't leave hair behind!

post #13 of 13

I'm embarrassed about this one. Our oldest was a "leap before you look" type kid. ADHD and a lot of extremely impulsive actions, plus not realizing what she left behind in her wake.

 

I actually said she was "banned from the shower" one morning. Was probably the 50th time I had to clean up a flooded floor (ask her to do it and either get an argument or a really crappy job causing our toddler (or myself) to slip and fall on the soaking wet floor)  because she always "forgot" to put the plastic shower curtain inside the tub while taking a shower and using ALL the clean towels and leaving them on a soaking fetid heap on the floor for someone else to deal with.

 

In minutes, I realized how ridiculous the "rule" sounded and and amended it so that she had to be responsible for her own mess... or at least cleaning up and doing a laundry load of towels if she messed up the main bathroom that much.

 

She brought it up a lot. "You banned me from the shower!" (Usually in front of friends, trying to be funny.) guilty.gif

 

This same child was also banned from making pancakes. Such a mess, batter all over the counter, on the stove, pans and plates all over the place, syrup all over and a sticky mess, pancakes that didn't flip well being left on the stove. No more pancakes unless I made them. ADHD kids are interesting, but they do make a lot of extra work for mom.

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