People Reveal Things Their Parents Did That They Thought Were Normal But Realized Later Weren't

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Vote up the weirdest things parents did.

Every kid thinks their parents are weird, annoying, or just too strict. Despite all that, though, things that happen in most childhood homes are usually pretty commonplace.

However, certain parents really do take weird to a different level. And their kids go to Reddit to reveal the stories.

  • 1
    7,851 VOTES

    Their Parents Convinced Them They Had Huge Feet

    From Redditor /u/surfrock66:

    [My parents] told me my feet were size 18 and went WAY out of the way to buy WAY more expensive shoes to tell everyone I have the biggest feet ever... I'm currently 34 and wear a 13. I had no idea you weren't supposed to have that much room at the front.

    7,851 votes
  • 2
    8,425 VOTES

    Their Parents Wrapped Them In Saran Wrap

    From Redditor /u/startin2stack:

    [My parents made me wear] Saran wrap around my arms/legs to avoid creams/lotions from rubbing off when I went to school.

    8,425 votes
  • 3
    8,423 VOTES

    One Dad Instituted "Elevator Practice"

    From Redditor /u/Tgunner192:

    We had a small empty closet in the house I grew up on. A couple times a month my dad would tell me to stand in it with the door closed for a minute or two. He said it was elevator practice.

    8,423 votes
  • 4
    7,604 VOTES

    One Person's Parents Didn't Allow Cheese Inside

    From Redditor /u/ikevinax:

    We had to eat all cheese items outside.

    7,604 votes
  • 5
    7,968 VOTES

    Their Parents Never Spoke To Each Other

    From Redditor /u/LivinLaVidaMocha:

    My parents never spoke to each other. Dad comes home from work, and they share a brief greeting. After that, no words spoken between them for the rest of the night until dad went to bed. A perfunctory kiss on the cheek and a "Goodnight, Dear" was it.

    Road trips? Not a word spoken for 12+ hours.

    Dinner? Only the sounds of forks hitting plates as we ate and the occasional, "Could you pass the ________?"

    Result? I'm freakishly quiet now. It makes my husband antsy, so I'm trying to be more social and vocal in everyday life.

    7,968 votes
  • 6
    7,064 VOTES

    Mom And Dad Never Revealed Their Ages

    From Redditor /u/FranklyRedScarlett:

    My parents are private people. They never told me how old they really were whenever I asked. They never told me their medical problems. They never told me family secrets.

    I remember my cousin was over and my mother talked to her privately (my cousin is two years younger than me), and later that night my cousin said, "Wow. I never knew your mom was married three times before!" Yeah, I didn't know that either.

    Found out my dad has PTSD from Vietnam - won't talk about it. It explains all those violent moments in my childhood, or his moody moments (didn't find out until I was about 19).

    Found out my mom had bipolar/depression (again, 19). Also found out my mom is four years older than my dad...

    There's just so much I don't know about my parents because they don't want to talk about their past with me - like I can't handle it, or something. I'm 27...

    I just thought it was normal to not know stuff about your parents. But apparently it's not.

    7,064 votes