Many of us grew up desperate to collect the latest Happy Meal toys, but what about if these meals could be about to help the next generation’s minds, too? It looks as though McDonald’s are replacing Happy Meal toys with Roald Dahl books at long last.
Making The Change
The change to the famous Happy Meal toy is all taking place in New Zealand. No longer will anyone ordering the meal find a collectible plastic toy inside their box. No, it will instead be replaced with a book by one of the most renowned authors of all time: Roald Dahl.
Helping The Generation
Many reports have shown how there is a rapid decline in literacy levels in the next generation, and now New Zealand looks as though they want to do something about it. Could it really be as simple as a book in with their meals?
Spreading The Joy
Roald Dahl was the staple of many of our childhoods. Although his books were released many years ago, it looks as though it’s time for the next generation to experience the joy that his stories have brought to thousands of us all this time.
The books aren’t the only additions. They are also filled with mind breaks to help keep kids occupied while the Happy meal boxes come with puzzles and games related to the stories inside. It seems as though there is no end to the enjoyment from the change.
The McDonald’s stores in New Zealand are hoping to help out parents. While some argue it’s down to the parents to ensure their kids are learning to read, others have praised the fast food chain for giving them a gateway to reading with their children.
A Huge Impact
It’s not just the impact on the next generation that has made these books so popular. Many of the Happy Meal toys would end up in landfills or in the ocean. Now, the change will help to cut down on the growing plastic issue.
Happy Meals have been a part of many of our lives, and so have Roald Dahl stories. Now, it seems as though the two are finally coming together as the next generation gets to enjoy all the stories for themselves.
Don’t Slurp Your Milk
One of the longest standing arguments is whether you put the milk in before cereal or after? Either way, by the time you’re done eating your bowl of cereal, you probably have leftover milk, right? While some people slurp it right up, others think that drinking the leftover milk is unacceptable. Take Ben, for instance. Although he claims that his family isn’t a “prim and proper” type, he wasn’t ever allowed to drink the leftover milk after eating cereal because his dad thought it was gross.
Unlike Sam, Lindsay grew up in the kind of family that falls on the more communicative side. According to the gal herself, her parents held a ‘family council’ every Sunday night after dinner. During this time, they’d all sit together to talk about the good things that happened during the week and share any grievances that they had. They’d also plan out dinner for the week and assign chores. While Lindsay herself believes that this was “stellar parenting,” she’d only tell her parents that if she wanted to listen to them “brag about it for a solid 20 minutes.”
Laid Back Parents Who Are Strict?
Even the most laid back parents have their weird schticks. When Rachel was growing up, there were only a few certain things that her parents were “randomly crazy strict about.” She wasn’t allowed to play with Play-Doh, watch The Simpsons, or chew gum. They also didn’t let Rachel eat any cereal with sugar as one of the top three ingredients. Now, let’s be real — that rule takes away more than half the cereal options. From the sounds of it, her parents weren’t as laid back as she remembered…
PG for Life
It’s not uncommon for parents to set restrictions on what their kids watch when they’re a certain age, but this house rule might be a little much. According to Danny, he and his siblings weren’t allowed to watch any on-screen kissing. In fact, his mom would run to cover the television with a pillow and go “blah blah cough cough” loudly until the scene was over. When Danny “tried to see a PG13 movie with my friends, my mom cried and my dad called me horrible for making her cry. I was 14.”
Reward for Good Behavior
While this isn’t a house rule per se, it’s definitely a clever way to keep your kid in line. When Tess was about six years old, her mom made up this rule — if Tess behaved that week, she would be allowed to skip school on Saturday and Sunday. Apparently Tess thought that everyone in her life was in on this rule because “one day, my teacher said ‘see ya Monday’ and I knew that I did a good job that week.”
Limiting Screen Time
You’d be lying if you told us that you’ve never seen a four-year-old toddler navigate around an iPad better than their parents, and if you haven’t, it’s almost scary to see. With that being said, this next house rule can actually be a great way to get kiddies away from their screens. Every Tuesday and Thursday, Abbie’s parents wouldn’t allow the kids to use electronics in any shape or form. While she thought that it was some kind of law, she later found out the truth when she decided to ask her dad about it.
You’re Not Allowed to Sit There
Have you ever been to a house that has plastic-covered furniture? While it seems a bit strange to those of us that didn’t grow up that way, it makes sense as to why people protect their chairs and couches that way. For Reddit user u/LiteraryMisfit, though, she didn’t even have that. Instead, her parents didn’t allow her to use any of the furniture. They may have had a beautiful dining table and couch but she was forced to watch television and eat dinner sitting on the floor. It got to a point that she thought furniture was largely for decorative purposes…
Everything Needs to Stay Perfect
There are some people who just have the incessant need to make and keep everything looking absolutely perfect. We have to say — it must be challenging to raise kids for people that have this shtick because they can be pretty messy. According to Kenny, his father didn’t let him rollerblade in the driveway or play in the front yard. He also had Kenny take his shoes before getting into the truck and set his shoes on a separate mat in the back…
Dining Room Rules
While some people had laid back parents growing up, others had moms and dads that wouldn’t let the kids into the dining room without permission. Take Nick, for instance. He and his siblings weren’t allowed to walk into their dining room unless they were using it for a special occasion. The worst part? They couldn’t even step foot in there without leaving a trace. The carpet always had a ‘just vacuumed’ look so it was pretty much a dead giveaway if anyone ever walked across it.
It’s Your Birthday When We Say It’s Your Birthday
Well, this has got to be confusing for a little kid. When Paige was growing up, her parents convinced her that it was actually up to them whether or not she had a birthday and therefore would progress to the next age. We’re not entirely sure why they made up this weird house rule. Perhaps it was their way out of having to throw their daughter a birthday party. In any event, we can only assume that Paige was probably pretty confused for a while as to how old she was.
No Bad Last Words
We all know what it’s like to fight with family. It’s just an inevitable part of life, especially when you live in a house altogether. With that being said, most families are able to move on just as quickly as they start fighting whatever their method is. If Briana’s family fought — no matter how upset they were with each other — they always said “I love you” and “goodbye” if someone had to leave. Since her parents were cops, they never wanted to leave the kids with any bad last words just in case.
We think this next one is more of a superstition than a house rule but to each their own! When Dylan was growing up, his parents didn’t allow him to cut his nails on Sunday because it was apparently “bad luck.” While there were no real lined-out repercussions for cutting his nails, Dylan got pretty used to this rule. Even as an adult, he still doesn’t cut his nails on Sundays because according to him, “I think it’s just ingrained in my personality at this point.”
No Playing Pretend
There’s no denying that kids have quite the imagination. With that being said, it’s hard to imagine a child not being able to play pretend or dress up but for Reddit user u/PonchoPie, this was a real house rule when he was growing up. His parents didn’t let their children play pretend because they thought it would prevent them from seeing reality. Little did this guy’s parents know that when kids use their imagination in play, they’re developing crucial psychological and emotional capacities that help them better understand the world they live in and their relation to it.
The Kitchen Sink Is for Dishes ONLY!
Since no family is the same, it makes sense that people grow up with different house rules. With that being said, it’s a whole different story when you marry into a family with a completely different set of rules. According to Brad, both his mother-in-law and sister-in-law don’t like it when people wash their hands in the kitchen sink. While some people can see the logic behind this one, Brad thinks that this house rule is a bit odd because “if there’s a sink and some hand soap, I say wash away.”
Locks of Love
A baby’s first haircut can be a fairly emotional time for the mother. When it’s 14 years later, though, and you still haven’t taken any of your kids for a haircut, you’re bound to be in for a rude awakening. According to Tyler’s Reddit post, both the boys and girls in his family had to have long hair. While his post doesn’t explain why this was the house rule, it goes on to tell us that when he was 14 years old, he snuck away and had his hair cut. Naturally, his mother cried for weeks…
Pronouns Are Insulting
When Reddit user u/gentrifiedavocado was growing up, he wasn’t allowed to refer to his parents with pronouns — “he” or “she” — if they were in the same room as him because they considered it as an insult. While this house rule can be looked at as a sign of respect, let’s just say that it seems like it could create some very awkward sentences. For example, “your mom was planning on going out with mom’s friends tomorrow evening, so we have to make dinner while mom is gone. It’s time that mom got some free time to momself.”
Freddy vs. Jason
We don’t know about you guys but this house rule doesn’t entirely make sense to us. When Joe was growing up, his parents allowed him to watch the Freddy Kreuger films but when it came to any of the Jason movies…well, those were off-limits. The reason for this was because Joe’s mom thought Friday the 13th was “satanic” while Nightmare on Elm Street films were just for fun. While we don’t really get his mom’s logic in regard to this rule, you know what they say — whatever helps you sleep at night!
Specific Hours for Flushing
Phil grew up in a small house with three bedrooms on the top floor and one bathroom. Since it was a cozy home, you could hear anything and everything from any room. Because there was only one bathroom in the house and it was situated next to the parent’s bedroom, no one was allowed to flush the toilet under any circumstances once Phil’s dad had gone to sleep. This rule was so enforced throughout Phil’s childhood that he’s found it really hard to grow out of. Luckily, he can flush the toilet whenever he pleases since he has his own apartment now.
Swift Punch to the Arm
From the sounds of this house rule, Reddit user u/dahaoab and his siblings definitely had what sounds like an interesting upbringing. According to the guy himself, if you weren’t able to find something — like the television remote or a video game — and you had to ask someone for help (i.e. sibling or parent) who was able to find it, they were allowed to punch you in the arm. What we’re left wondering is if this rule also applied to mom and dad.
While some families like sharing everything with each other, there are others that prefer to spend time with one another in silence. Take Sam, for instance. According to this Reddit user, his father didn’t like to make small talk around the dinner table. In fact, when he was 15 years old and asked everyone around the table how they were doing, his dad got up and told him that if he wanted to talk to everyone, he would. Now, it makes sense as to why they finished their meal in silence…
This Is Your Bed Now
If you grew up with germaphobe parents, then you probably had to deal with some weird shticks. Still, we’re not sure that your mom and dad’s house rules could ever beat this one. According to Max, his mother wouldn’t let him lay in his bed when he was sick because she was afraid he’d get it dirty. Rather than letting her son sweat the fever out in bed, Max’s mom would put a towel in a corner on the hardwood floor. He’d have to stay there until mommy dearest deemed him better enough to lay in bed again.
Shoo Fly, Don’t Bother Me!
While some parents send their kids off to sleepaway camp for the summer, others choose to keep their children close to home. If you were one of the kids to stay home during vacation, it’s likely you found yourself bored quite often. After all, there’s only so much television you can watch and tag you can play. In any event, we can understand why Reddit user u/mosaicevolution’s father came up with the rule that they had to kill seven flies a day during their summer break. She was probably annoying him while he was trying to work and this was his way of keeping her busy.
Two Sets of Curfews
Growing up is an inevitable part of life. As kids transition into teenagers, their social life begins to change. Some parents take on an overbearing and strict approach when it comes to their kids going out with friends while others give their children a little more freedom. When Luke started going out to parties as a teen, his parents made a rule that he’d either have to come back home by one in the morning. If he didn’t, then he was forced to wait until seven in the morning to enter the house. According to the man himself, there were plenty of times that he slept out in the garden after a night out with friends since he didn’t make it home in time.
My Very Own Babysitter
There are just some kids who are so responsible that their parents actually trust them enough to babysit their younger siblings when they’ve reached the appropriate age. What about kids that babysit themselves, though? According to Reddit user u/anxiousjellybean, this is actually a thing — or at least it was for her. Between the ages of 10 and 14, Taylor’s mom paid her to babysit herself. “The rule was that as long as I didn’t make a mess and I’d put myself to bed by the time she got home then I got $10 in the morning.”
No Harm, No Foul
When Nick was 16 years old, he broke his wrist while snowboarding. While it may not have been the worst thing to happen, he didn’t tell his mom about his injury until a month later when he couldn’t move his wrist at all. His injury ultimately required surgery with a bone graft to repair. With that being said, it makes sense as to why his mother made a house rule after that that if Nick or his siblings ever got hurt doing a certain activity, they weren’t allowed to do it again.
Eat in the Doghouse!
Every parent has a different method when it comes to disciplining their children. Still, this next one’s kind of sad. When Matt was growing up, his parents had a rule — if he or his siblings didn’t come home with A’s on their report card, they weren’t allowed to eat at the table with everyone else. The sad part is that Matt thought this was totally normal until he had dinner at a friend’s house. When his friend brought home a report card full of failing grades, he was heartbroken to hear that “his parents were so supportive and loving.”
Belly Button Obession
Okay, this next one’s a little strange. When Mel was a young girl, her mother would make her and her sister lay on the couch and clean their belly buttons with a Q-Tip. Now, it’d be different if they only had to do this once in a while but mommy dearest here made her daughters clean their belly buttons every morning before school. While we can all appreciate good hygiene and keeping yourself clean, we wouldn’t be surprised if Mel has a weird schtick with belly buttons now…
Silent Commercial Break
It seems as though this house rule was formed more because of a weird quirk and less for the children. Reddit user u/code_name_jellyfish’s mom really doesn’t like commercials and hates hearing them on TV. “The second it goes to commercial break it has to be muted. She also mutes it if she thinks it’s about to go to commercial, even though sometimes she’s wrong. And she doesn’t really pay attention, so she doesn’t notice a lot of the time when the commercials are over so she leaves it on mute when the show is back on.”
Picnic Time on the Food Blanket
This house rule not only makes sense but it basically turned into a really nice tradition for this family. According to Alana, she and her family had something that they called the food blanket. When they’d eat casual meals (i.e. breakfast or lunch), they would lay a blanket on the living room floor and make a picnic out of it because, naturally, Alana’s parents didn’t want to get any food on the carpet. It had become such a tradition in Alana’s household that she was really confused when she learned that not every family had a food blanket.
Sarah’s parents made a house rule that neither she nor the rest of the kids were allowed to take a shower if they were home alone. While that’s a pretty normal rule for parents to enforce with their children, keeping the bathroom door open otherwise is a bit strange. Sarah didn’t learn this until she was about seven years old when she kept the door open at a friend’s house and her friend walked by the bathroom. She then told her mom who called Sarah’s mom. From then on, the new rule in Sarah’s house was to close the bathroom door when using the toilet.
When Beth was growing up, she was never allowed to whistle under any circumstances because her mother couldn’t stand the sound of it. Considering how strict this rule is, we can only imagine how freeing it was for Beth to be able to whistle when she moved out. We wonder if Beth’s mom had the same rule for humming. If so, there’s no doubt it was difficult to refrain from humming or whistling a tune that was stuck in her head…
You Cannot Enjoy Food!
From the sounds of it, Reddit user u/Ticliff didn’t have the tastiest of childhoods. According to this gal, salt was for guests only. In fact, the actual use of spices was very looked down on in her family. Her mom and dad saw it as a huge insult even though their daughter claims that they were “absolutely horrid cooks.” Perhaps they didn’t have any taste buds but u/Ticliff certainly did. All we can say is we hope that she found a whole new love for flavor and spices once she moved out of her parent’s house!
This next one is actually hilariously clever. Growing up, Landon’s older brother would constantly ask his parents for a dog. That’s when their father decided to make up a rule. Since their neighbors on both sides had dogs, Landon’s dad told his oldest son that only every other house could have a dog. Surprisingly enough, his brother believed that this was an actual law for a long time and stopped asking his parents every second for a dog.
The Interior Designing Mother
In all honesty, this house rule is a total buzz-kill. When Allison was growing up, she wasn’t allowed to put any personal touches in her room. This meant that she couldn’t hang posters or pictures of her friends, paint the walls a different color, or pick her own comforter. According to the gal herself, her bedroom was all decorated according to her mother’s specifications. This must have been hard to deal with considering that kids go through all types of phases and it’s fairly normal for them to decorate their bedroom as a way to express themselves.
Biting Is Allowed
In most families, table manners are taught at a young age. For some people, the rules were stricter than others. While Whitney learned not to put her elbows on the table during dinner, she was allowed to do something else. Her parents made a rule that Whitney and her siblings were allowed to bite hands and arms at the dinner table if someone reached past or over your plate instead of asking for it to be passed to them. While we understand the reasoning behind this, it sounds like dinners in this household can get pretty intense…
It’s one thing to put a timer in the bathroom if your kids are taking too long while other family members need to get in. It’s a whole different story to time your kids’ showers just for the fun of it. While Reddit user u/deluxe_anxiety’s family was in no way financially unstable or environmentally cautious while she was growing up, her parents still decided to put an egg timer in the bathroom so none of the children would take more than five-minute showers. Now we can understand why this girl’s username has the word “anxiety” in it…
You Get a Lump of Coal
As a child, holidays and birthdays were the best time of year because of, well, presents! While some parents prefer that their kids make a wish list of what they want, others don’t want to hear what the children have to say. Take Debbie, for instance. When she was growing up, her parents made a house rule that the kids weren’t allowed to ask for anything specific whether it was their birthday or Christmas. If any of them did ask for something specific, none of them got a present. Clearly Debbie’s a little scarred considered that she’s been married for 39 years and still can’t bring herself to answer the “what do you want for (enter occasion here)?” question.
How to Work the System
When Kate and her brother were younger, they would stay with their adopted grandmother (their mom’s best friend) whenever their parents would go away on vacation. According to Kate, she was pretty laid-back but she did one have house rule — the time that you woke her up in the mornings was the equivalent to your bedtime in the evenings. So, if they’d let grandma sleep until 10 in the morning, they could stay up until 10 at night. But wake her up at 5 in the morning and you’re in bed by 5 in the afternoon.
The Weirdest Set of Consequences
Well, this is definitely a rule that we’ve never heard of before. Then again, parents will tell their kids just about anything to get them to listen. Prepare yourselves for this one, people — so, if David didn’t clean his room, his parents wouldn’t allow him to do his homework. While the guy himself is well aware that this house rule was totally abnormal for so many reasons, he still followed it because he was studious and cared about his grades. Come to think of it, it looks like his parents knew exactly what they were doing…
Fight to the Cry
There are all sorts of different ways to handle kids that are fighting. Some parents stick them in time out while others recommend that the children fight to the ‘cry.’ Well, this is how things worked in Reddit user u/Rhythmmuse’s house at least. She grew up in a house with her grandparents who apparently didn’t like to hear whiny kids. According to u/Rhythmmuse, if any of the kids were arguing and blaming things on each other, grandma and grandpa would just tell them to “fight to the cry. Duke it out. First one to cry lost the argument.”