While growing up in Texas my teen years, I spent the night at my neighbor's house. During breakfast, the mom asked if I wanted more cereal and made it clear I should've said, "Yes ma'am" when my response lacked that good ol' southern hospitality. I ended up tattling to my own mom, who reminded me we weren't raised that way. (California babies)
Home rules or mannerisms, are not only different depending on what side of the continent you live on, but what culture you're from. Take for instance, shoes by the door. Or a bowed greeting. Eating everything given, no matter how bad it is, to not offend your host. Looking the person who's talking in the eye.
Then there are more simplistic rules of the home: wash your hands before eating, clean your room, leave the toilet seat down, always kiss your wife goodbye.
Whatever the degree of rules in your home, the number one rule should always be : RESPECT. It happens to encompass everything from culture rules to good old rules by mom and dad.
3 QUESTIONS TO THE READER:
1. Is there a culture house rule that has thrown you for a loop?
2. What are some of your home rules?
3. Who would be the first to break them??