Rules of the House

When I was growing up, Mum made her rules clear. If we ever objected to her rules she’d offer her reasoning although, sometimes that reasoning was ‘because I said so’. She’d then follow that up with ‘if you still don’t agree, you can do what you like when you’re an adult and have your own home’.

And as an aside, well done Mum for having the foresight to add the ‘have your own home’ disclaimer, accurately anticipating I would still be living at home into adulthood.

Of course, now that I am an adult (mostly) and have my own home, sometimes I curse owning the rule book. When Mum had it, it was essentially a list of behavioural expectations. Now that the onus is on me, they’re more like suggestions.Ā  I probably should go for a walk. We probably shouldn’t watch TV during dinner. I probably shouldn’t finish off the ice cream. I probably shouldn’t stay up this late on a work night.

On the plus side, if I’m having these internal monologues I guess I’m a responsible adult.

I guess.

Metaphorically speaking, how is your rule book?

Did you take the family rule book with you when you left home?

Do you regret letting some rules go?




9 thoughts on “Rules of the House

    • I was about to write, ‘we didn’t have many either’, but I don’t really know that for sure because I’ve nothing to compare it to. But yes, the self-imposed rules are the hardest, šŸ™‚

  1. I threw that book out and quickly wrote my own. I did steal a few of the better rules and added them to mine. I couldn’t wait to get out on my own and wasted no time. I think it’s harder now for young people than it used to be.

    • I don’t know if it’s harder now for the young’uns or just a different kind of hard. I wasn’t in an enormous hurry to leave home, I was fortunate to get along well with my parents which gave me time to gather some savings and finish my degree.

      • I just think it’s harder financially here than it used to be. It’s true that a lot of kids are not anxious to move too, our youngest is still with us. He’ll be 25 soon. We enjoy him and he contributes so it’s nice. In my day we were looked upon by potential mates if we were still living at home into adulthood. I don’t think that is as true today. šŸ™‚

      • Yes, indeed, it possibly is more difficult financially. There are more pressures in some places but less in others šŸ™‚ Your 25 year old is a lucky lad xx

      • You’re too kind! I think you’re way ahead of me this Nano! I’ve really struggled to keep up with others’ posts. And I have ‘failed’ this Nano by not posting EVERY day. Still, I’m posting more, which is a WIN! šŸ˜€

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