Rules of the house when I was growing up….
Not necessarily in any order:
- No friends in the house when my parents weren’t home.
- Leave a note when I was going to be out for the afternoon
- Be home by dark
- Change into your “play clothes” after getting home from school before going out to play
That was about it as a small kid. There was plenty of other rules in my house and certainly standards to live by, but those were the main ones.
I was a latch-key kid, so I’d be home alone after school for a few hours and my parents DEFINITELY didn’t want my friends over to encourage my terrible tendencies to wreak havoc.
Obviously, before cellphones, leaving a note was really the only way your parents could track you down if they were looking for you. We had a huge city park less than a mile from my childhood home with softball fields, tennis courts, a playground, bike trails and all sorts of other ways to get into trouble. And if my friends and I weren’t there, we’d be in the woods between my neighborhood & the Merrimack river. There were dozens of trails to ride bikes on, and plenty of trains to throw rocks at.
What can I say? I was a delinquent.
There’s a lot of food rules on this list of the “top rules of the house” which I found interesting. People seriously limited their kids to only one glass of milk a day?
What were some of the “rules” in your house?