5 Motherhood “Rules” You Should Totally Break

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It's almost the end of summer, which, in my book, means it's time to break all of the motherhood “rules” for the last time before we lose the last of the carefree summer nights and afternoons with nowhere to go but our backyards.


Let's break some rules, like …

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Sure, you do your best to get your kids to eat their veggies and to never, ever use sweet treats as a reward (that's a thing, right?), but this is one of my favorite rules to break.

And in my very professional experience, ice cream before dinner definitely does not ruin their appetites. In fact, it's an excellent, calcium-rich appetizer.

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I know, I know. Being busy is often a good thing for both Mom and kiddos, but just once, clear your itinerary, break out a big blanket, and just spend an afternoon doing absolutely nothing outside. Cloud watching, tickle fights, slip`n slides, bubbles drifting across the yard. Good things come from those who are bored.

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And on that note, just because you're “supposed” to play outside doesn't mean it's not a rule meant to be broken. I say embrace a totally lazy day with all the screens you can get your hands on. Why not have an endless movie day? A dance party with Pandora? Take silly pictures with your phones? Nature isn't the only way to have fun.

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Trust me, I know the horror that is a child who has skipped nap time. And 99.9% of the time, it's just totally not worth it in my book.

But then there's that tiny percentage of the time when naps be darned. You have to take the kids out on that adventure. And there's always early bedtime to look forward to, right?

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Call me crazy, but some of the most important lessons I've learned in life have been from my kids, which is why I think it's a pretty great idea to forget about the rule that “Mom knows best,” even if it's just for a day.

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What about declaring one day as “kids rule” and letting them call all the shots? Donuts for lunch, anyone? I'm down.

What motherhood “rule” do you want to break?

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5 Motherhood “Rules” You Should Totally Break

Chaunie Brusie is a coffee mug addict, a labor and delivery nurse turned freelance writer, and a young(ish) mom of four. She is the author of "Tiny Blue Lines: Preparing For Your Baby, Moving Forward In Faith, & Reclaiming Your Life In An Unplanned Pregnancy" and "The Moments That Made You A Mother". She also runs Passion Meets Practicality, a community of tips + inspiration for work-at-home mothers. ... More

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