Kids already deal with schoolwork, adolescence, and the daunting task of growing older. Add in a few absurd rules from parents, and you have the perfect recipe for teen angst and rebellion. A 9 pm curfew sounds unfair - until your parents tell you that sneezing more than "twice in a row" is grounds for punishment. More than just entertaining, these outrageous parenting techniques reveal the surprising number of crappy parents in the world.
From Redditor /u/allou_stat:
My mom was very strict about the ratings of movies and video games. One year for Christmas a relative gave me a copy of Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire for the Nintendo 64. It was a T (for teen) rated game and I wouldn't be turning 13 for another four weeks. My mom had my dad drive me to Toys 'R' Us to return the game.
We walked into the store and over to the games and he had me pick out an E (for everyone) rated game. We proceeded to check out, and as we went to the car he handed me not only the new game but the game we were supposed to have returned as well and told me not to let her catch me playing it.
From Redditor /u/sowhatonion:
I was not allowed to use the money cheat on Sims growing up because that's not how the 'real world' works. I used the cheat once and couldn't explain where all the money I had came from so I was grounded and had Sims taken away.
From Redditor /u/thebangzats:
Not my parents, but I had a friend who got it pretty bad: "If you want to play for one hour, you have to also practice piano for one hour."
This rule and others were posted on his bedroom door.
From Redditor /u/zaqhavok:
I wasn't allowed to say, "I died," on Mario. I "lost one of my chances to succeed."