10 Rules You Had To Follow If Your Parents Left You Without A Babysitter As A Child

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The most important rules us kids who didn't have babysitters were forced to follow when staying home alone.

Growing up as a kid in the ’90s was much different than it is for kids in modern times. For many of us whose parents couldn’t afford a good nanny or babysitter, we were forced to watch ourselves sometimes.

Leaving a young child unattended in present times is very much frowned upon by society, and could bring offending parents a host of legal problems. But for many kids who grew up in the 1980s and ’90s, staying at home alone without a babysitter, was a sort of secret norm.

Recently a tweet from Twitter user @MisterOWL9 sparked a conversation about the rules we were forced to adhere to when staying home alone as children.

People filled the thread of this tweet with all of the relatable rules our parent(s) gave us when they left us to fend for ourselves, proving that we have all pretty much lived the same lives.

1. The older sibling was always given the designated title of “babysitter.”

2. We could never answer the phone if it rang.

3. Unless it was your parent calling, and you’d know if it was your parent calling when they did this.

4. The stove was always off limits.

5. Yep, if you were hungry you were probably subjected to eating something that didn’t require cooking.

6. You better not even think of going outside.

7. Hiding from Jehovah’s Witnesses knocking at the door was an extreme sport.

8. If they were supposed to be in the house, they wouldn’t need to knock.

9. Your readiness to follow the “staying at home by yourself” rules, would always be tested.

10. Turning on the lights was pretty important.

Growing up like this was never fun, at least not for me. But I’m glad to know that I’m not alone in this, and I’m so happy we all made it to adulthood in one piece.


h/t Twitter