There are specific laws in place for obvious reasons. While people want their freedom and autonomy, chaos does no good for anyone. We have to have laws in place so that everyday life stays somewhat orderly and people can stay safe. We abide by traffic laws; we pay for things we want to keep, we keep our hands to ourselves, and we put people's safety first.
No one would argue that these laws are silly. They are necessary and quite useful. Not all laws are created equally, however. While some of the biggies are absolutes, other, lesser-known rules are almost comical. Different parts of the world still have laws in the works that could technically land someone in boiling water if they were found out to be breaking them. The kicker is, many regulations are not even known to most people! We break them every day and have no clue that we are total renegades.
Check out these 20 laws that new moms break without ever knowing they are doing such a thing! For those who think that they are positively squeaky clean, think again. We bet that almost everyone out there has managed to break number one on several occasions!
20 Asking For parking Change
I break this rule probably once a month. Because I shop at the Aldi store, I have to shell out a quarter to use the carts there. Sometimes I have the change, other times I don't. There is always some kind samaritan in the parking lot that is more than willing to help me out and pass me some change. Little did I know that asking for parking change is illegal. Technically, this act is considered panhandling. Regardless of this one, I doubt anyone is going to call local law enforcement over to handle a house mom in need of a quarter so that she can do the weekly grocery shopping.
19 Leaving Junior Home Alone
Can you leave your kids home for a small space of time while you run to the bank and grab milk? It depends. Some states have no legal age where kids can be left alone to fend for themselves while other states have some legal guidelines. Per childwelfare.gov, three states restrict when parents can skip out for a second childless. Illinois requires children to be 14 years old before having that kind of freedom. Maryland requires parents to make sure kids are at least eight when they stay home alone for the first time and Oregon will come knocking at your door if you leave a child alone before their 10th birthday.
18 Owning Permanent Markers
Just about every parent in the country owns a permanent marker. How else are you supposed to mark your kid's lunch box or tag all their camp clothes? Life with children really cannot be conducted without a few Sharpies in the junk drawer. It turns out that possessing broad-tipped, permanent markers is against the law because of their ability to contribute to acts of vandalism. Basically, they can create permanent graffiti if used on public property. Per Wallstreetinsanity.com, New York, Florida, and California all have anti-graffiti laws prohibiting the possession of permanent markers in public spaces.
17 Winnie On The Ground
If you live in a small town in Poland, then this might be true. It's hard even to believe that something as innocent as playing in a playground where a Winnie The Pooh statue could be housed is against the law. The town council of Tuszyn, Poland thought that the pantsless bear was sending less than pure messages to the young children. They refused to allow the beloved mascot to make an appearance in public spaces. According to listverse.com, the fact that the bear is only half wearing clothes prevented him from being considered during park construction. We are shaking our heads at this one.
16 Gifting Your Kids Funny Names
In Germany, new moms and dads have to put a whole lot of thought into naming their kids. If they get funny about it, then they might end up behind bars. The local government wanted to make sure that kids didn't get bullied for their names, so they made it illegal for parents to call their offspring non-approved names. Parents in Germany must choose their children's names from a pre-approved list so that kids don't end up with monikers like Frulilla and JoJoBagOfBeans. Per listverse, all names on this list must be actual names, not random nouns like Apple or River, must be gender obvious and not be subject to teasing.
15 Cram A Meal In While Driving Around Town
The same part of the world prohibits people from eating while driving. If you happen to live here and your baby loves himself a good car ride, then it might be tempting to grab some to go food and cram it all into your belly before the little one wakes up. New parents have to get those meals in when the can! Know that by doing such a simple act of multitasking, you might also be accidentally reaching criminal status. Per somersetlive.co.uk, roughly 39% of poll takers admitted to snacking while behind the wheel. Other parts of the world don't consider eating and driving illegal, but should an accident occur, police can dole out citations for driving while distracted.
14 Log On To Unsecured WiFi Networks
When you are out and about in public, your personal device will try and automatically link up to a signal. If there happens not to be any type of password required for whatever signal your laptop or phone locates, then you can probably get on that connection within seconds. If you are a new mother, with a warm coffee in hand an a snoozing baby in a stroller, then this sudden ability to link up to the outside world might seem extremely tempting. Per an act described by Cornell, it is illegal to gain "unauthorized access" to a computer or a website.
13 Slacking On The Yard Work
It's hard enough to parent a new baby, take care of your own needs and make sure the house isn't falling down around you quite literally. Often something in there has to go, and it is usually the upkeep of the home. Let's be honest, it's hard to keep a manicured lawn and straight vacuum lines when you are still trying to remember the last time you brushed your hair! In Utah, letting your yard go might land you behind bars. One senior woman was actually taken into custody for allowing her grass to turn brown. Per thisgardenisillegal.com, brown grass in Orem, Utah is prohibited!
12 Hanging Laundry Out To Dry
There is nothing as satisfying as sniffing fresh laundry that has come right off the line. If you happen to have the time and ability to be a new mother AND launder your clothes the old fashion way, we bow down to you. We will also save up some coins for your bail money because you might be breaking the law simply by putting sheets out in the sun. Per, thegoodhuman.com, parents have to dry their articles of clothing indoors. There is some push back to this one though and thus far, 19 states have clapped back at this and fought to have the ban lifted.
11 Not Picking Up After Their Pups
So you and the new baby are out for a little stroll on a sunny afternoon, walking the family dog and getting a bit of much-needed vitamin D and exercise. Suddenly, nature calls and your pup leaves you a sidewalk present. You are so involved with your new baby and her needs that you forgot the number two baggie! Do you leave it? Hope that nobody saw it? Come back for it later? Per thesun.co.uk, in Daventry Council, Northamptonshire, if you choose to walk away from the dog doo you could be facing a fine because the act is illegal there.
10 Purchasing Ice Cream After Six P.M.
You are a new mom, you have had a long day, you deserve a treat once the baby is tucked in for the night. This is your time to snag a spoon and a pint of ice cream from the freezer and finally take that deep breath. However, if you live in Newark, New Jersey and want to grab some Ben and Jerry's later than six p.m., you might be breaking the law. Per interexchange.org, to make a purchase such as this, you'll need to show the cashier a doctor's note. In short, make sure you have your freezer well stocked at all times. No one wants to find themselves ice creamless at nine p.m. after a long and hard day of parenting.
9 Holding A New Mommy Dominoes Group
Getting together with other new moms is a fantastic way to socialize during a time where you feel trapped and strapped to a tiny human. Go ahead and invite some of the ladies over for cards, but not for a game of Dominoes if you happen to live in Alabama. Per allwomenstalk.com, you might be able to get away with holding the event on a Tuesday, but it is illegal to play Dominoes on a Sunday. Good to know... Just a word of caution for parents looking for a bit of activity on Sunday Funday, hunting and card playing is also banned in this state every Sunday.
8 Building Sandcastles During A Family Vacation
Building sand castles on sunny beaches is a timeless tradition for parents and their kids, but the parents in Eraclea, Italy will never know this past time. Building sand castles in the small city near Venice is illegal. Why? Per listverse.com, sandcastles create an obstruction. We wouldn't want someone strolling in the sand and tripping over a little sandcastle now, would we? To be fair, Italy is full of wild laws that many of us can only raise our eyebrows at. Swearing, climbing trees, lying down on park benches and wearing swimsuits after leaving the beach are all prohibited as well.
7 Cramming Those Household Chores In Between Certain Hours
We moms get the household chores in wherever we can. Sometimes we have to vacuum late at night when we have a spare moment (and a spare arm). Parenthood doesn't always adhere to time constraints. This might be a problem in particular areas of the United Kingdom. Per somersetlive.co.uk, vacuuming between the hours of 6pm and 8am on a weekday or 11pm, and 8am on a Saturday or Sunday is prohibited. Most people are not even aware that this daily action is against the law. Thirty-six percent of the residents have engaged in this illegal behavior.
6 Creating A Fake Profile In Online Chat Rooms
Joining an online chat group is a great way to get to know and connect with other new moms, especially if your experience in parenthood is turning out to be more challenging than you had initially expected. Many mothers feel a bit apprehensive about revealing their true identity to perfect strangers online, so they create false profiles. This white lie is actually against the law! According to bestlifeonline.com, people who use a fake profile online are breaking the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. It is against the law to use a false name during an online registration process. This often innocent and straightforward act is considered hacking!
5 Snacking In Aisle Five
If your baby is brand new, she likely snoozes her way through the weekly grocery shopping missions, but that won't always be the case. Someday she will be a curious tot who wiggles and whines as you throw bags of snacks into your cart in a wild fluster. You might feel inclined to open a package of crackers and hand them over to her just so that she stays soothed for a few minutes. What mother has not turned to this timeless trick? You will pay for the crackers in the end anyhow, right? Per bestlifeonline.com, it is technically illegal to gobble up products before paying for them.
4 Singing Happy Birthday To Your Little One In Public
Any mommy who had held a birthday party outside of their home has probably overstepped this law without even knowing it. For anyone out there who has belted out the tune of "Happy Birthday To You" in a public forum has committed a crime. It sounds like a ridiculous law, to begin with, but it is legit. The song is technically copyrighted and according to cracked.com, singing the tune without paying is against the law. That's right. Legally you are supposed to pay up anytime you, "gather a substantial number of persons outside of a normal circle of a family and its social acquaintances."
3 Keeping Pace With Turtles
Once you become a first-time parent, the days of hopping in the car and racing to work are forever gone. Parenthood will instantly turn you into a turtle-paced driver. You will likely drive far below the speed limit so that your little one stays as safe as possible, but that is putting you at risk for getting pulled over and cited just as much as speeding is. Driving under the speed limit is illegal. Per The Detroit Free Press, many states consider driving slowly in the far left lane to be unlawful. In Michigan, the left lane is for passing, and drivers have to move to the right if they are blocking traffic. New moms should err on the side of caution and stay as far right as possible.
2 Going Too Hard On Mom's Night Out
You are a new mom. You have not been out of the house in weeks, maybe even months! Finally, you score a ladies night out while your husband stays home and holds down the fort. You have a glass of vino, maybe even two. Okay, have three. You deserve it. The juice hits you hard because you are way out of practice here, and suddenly you feel far beyond tipsy. Even if you are over the age of 21, you might be breaking the law. Public intoxication is against the law and in some states can earn you a hefty fine and even time behind bars!
1 Forgetting To Take Down Holiday Decor
If you are a new parent, remembering to take the Christmas lights off of the front of the house is probably last on your list of things to do. You are still in that phase where you are trying to grab a warm shower and eat a meal in the same day, so getting on a ladder and tearing downs strings of lights might have to wait. In one northern state, if you wait until after January 14th to say goodbye to the holidays, you are technically breaking the law. I don't know about you guys, but I would probably be a habitual offender with this one. I barely have my tree down by then!
Resources: cracked.com, goodhousekeeping.com, listverse.com, somersetlive.co.uk, list25.com, thisgardenisillegal.com, freep.com, interexchange.org, thegoodhuman.com, childwelfare.gov, thesun.co.uk