We found an interesting discussion on the internet on things that your parents taught you as a kid that you didn’t realize were wholly messed up until you were older. Let’s see the gist of it and learn some horrific tales. 

Parents Should Pass On Good Habits

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Generally, parents are supposed to pass on all sorts of good habits and teachings to their children, whether they do it intentionally or unintentionally. 

Be that as it may, not everything they do or tell us to do is meant to be set in stone and left unchecked for the rest of our lives, primarily because they are also humans. And at times, they might as well be in the wrong.

To dig deeper into the scenario above, a user recently asked, what did your parents teach you as a kid that you didn’t realize was messed up until you were older? Below are the top responses: 


1. Scratching Bug Bites Is The Only Way Out 

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“My mom taught me that when you have bug bites, you should scratch them until they bleed and then rub salt on them to make them stop itching. It wasn’t until I was 23 and passed that “home remedy” on to a friend, and they immediately told me how masochistic it was that I realized something was weird about it.” said one.

“Dude, my mom said stuff like this too! She told me she had a mosquito bite and that sometimes it was best to burn it to make it go away.. I was like, Uhm, no?” another added. 


2. Taking Antipsychotic Medication Is Pretty Normal 

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“Upon hearing stories of my childhood, my husband had to break it to me that it was not, in fact, normal for moms to share their anti-psychotic meds (or “chill pills”, as she would call them) with their young children.” said one.

“Oh you mean that mild gabapentin addiction I had in my early teens wasn’t normal?” replied another. 


3. Children Can Climb Anywhere 

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“You have better balance, so you, the 10-year-old, should climb up on the roof and clean the gutters and sweep the chimney. Also, climb up to the top of the flagpole at the REC and fix the rope stuck in the pulley. And install new gutters, but I was 13 by then.”


4. Nazis’ Philosophy 

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“My dad always told me, ‘Work will set you free’. Do your chores; work will set you free, do your homework because work will set you free. This went on for about a decade until I came back from history at school and asked him why it was on the entrance to Auschwitz.”


5. Apologies Are Peculiar To TV Shows

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“Only TV families resolve their problems and apologize after a big fight. Real families act like it never happened.” said one.

“We must be related because my family’s favorite motto is “sweep that thing under the rug and don’t ever look at it or acknowledge it!”” another added. 


6. You Don’t Get Sunburnt Past 1 PM

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“Not messed up, but when I was a kid my dad told me you couldn’t get sunburnt past 1PM and I believed him until I was 23.” said one.

“I have friends telling their kids they won’t get sunburns if they don’t eat seed oils. People are crazy when it comes to the sun” another added. 


7. Never Talk To Them AGAIN

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“Anytime I felt hurt by a conflict with a friend, my parents would tell me never to talk to them again because they aren’t real friends anyway.  I ghosted all my best friends, thinking it was the right thing to do.

I know that real friends talk things out, making friendships even more vital.  A harrowing realization. I never even considered my parents could have been wrong.”


8. Eat Something If You’re Upset 

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“Not as bad as many of these other ones, and I know it wasn’t done intentionally to be malicious but to eat when I was sad or upset. It’s easier and faster to tell a kid to go eat something as a distraction than it is to sit down and deal with it – especially if said kid is upset a lot due to living in abusive environments, getting bullied at school, etc.

It messed up my relationship with food, leading to emotional eating, overweight turning into obesity, even more bullying, disordered eating, and other mental health issues. I realized probably 15 years ago that this was an issue/the cause of it but even though I know that it’s still something I’m working on unlearning.”


9. World’s Gonna End, So Be Prepared 

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“To be in constant survival mode. Like always worrying about the end of the world. Why? Why am I constantly as a child looking over my back in fear of what I will offer to a group of “the apocalypse happens”. Weird stuff. I thought I was savvy in “bunker mode,” but it’s trauma-inducing.”


10. You Gotta Be Perfect, ALL THE TIME 

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“My dad instilled crippling perfectionism in me, which I realized was insane when I got older, and people told me to just “do my best.” 

I would come to my dad with A’s in grade school, all super excited. But, if it were anything less than 100%, he would ask for the missing percentage. So, when I had a 98%, he’d say, “well, where’s the 2%?” And now, if I do anything less than perfect, I beat myself up!” 


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