Maen Bamatraf

The 11 Unspoken Rules Of Every Arab Household

Living under your Arab parents’ roof comes with strict rules and limits that you have to abide by. Here are some of them:

1. Locking your bedroom door for no reason is almost ILLEGAL

2. Leaving the house unannounced is unacceptable, and will result in injuries

3. Coming back home unannounced? Also unacceptable

Arab parents seem to think you must announce your departure and arrival.

4. Speaking to your dad while the news is on is both unheard of and completely unacceptable

5. Sometimes you have to eat a double lunch so your mom doesn’t get upset about you eating out.

6. Talking to your parents when they’re watching their mousalsal is a sure-fire way to get yelled at

7. There is a high chance that you will wake up to the sound of a vacuum EARLY on weekends.

8. Having a political or social debate with your parents = fastest way to get called a hmar

9. If you’re planning on inviting a friend to your house, you better have told your parents their full biography

10. Eating snacks and meals that are for guests is strictly FORBIDDEN

11. If you’re planning on taking long in the shower, you should also plan to be interrogated