Mom Rules All Moms Should Break

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No TV until you finish your homework.

If you don't eat your dinner, you will go to bed hungry.

Look before you cross the street.

Wipe your feet on the doormat.

CLOSE THE FRONT DOOR!

Moms are full of rules. There isn't any single right way to mother, but there is certainly a host of things we all know we probably should do. And I'm willing to bet that all of us can recall that first time when we heard our shouty voices sounding exactly like our own mothers as we yelled something we swore we'd never yell when we had our own children.

It comes with the territory, I guess. When you're charged with making the future generation of humanity worthwhile, you have to also be in charge of setting rules and expectations for their behavior to ensure their healthy growth and development.

But sometimes, rules are made to be broken!

Here are 8 Mom Rules Every Mom Should Break (at least sometimes)

RULE 1
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NO JUNK FOOD ALLOWED.

Oh, the sadness! Because no summer is right without ice cream (or your favorite allergy-friendly alternative) for dinner.

RULE 2
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CLEAN YOUR PLATE.

This is one I hate. I don't want the Dudes to be wasteful, but I also want them to be healthy for life and to learn to take hey-man-I-am-stuffed cues from their bodies. When people are forced to clean their plates, they are also often being forced to overeat.

RULE 3
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NO DESSERT UNTIL AFTER DINNER.

I can't stick to this one because then it would be wrong of me to suck down a popsicle while I'm waiting for the water to boil for the rice.

RULE 4
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NO RUNNING IN THE HOUSE.

Some of our most fun family memories involve someone skidding into something in our first apartment. Besides, by the time you actually convince your son that running in the house is a bad idea, he will only be visiting you from his own house anyway.

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RULE 5
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BREAKFAST FOR BREAKFAST.

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No, we are major breakfast-for-dinner people and, really, if my kid got up and said, “Country fried steak, mashed potatoes, and broccoli for breakfast,” I'd so be down with that. As long as I had it readily available and didn't have to make it before school.

Because, no. Not happening.

RULE 6
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BATHE EVERY NIGHT.

Actually, this is a rule every parent with a child who has eczema or otherwise sensitive skin may want to reevaluate. Excess water and bath products can make those conditions worse and lead to even more itchiness.

Check out this Washington Post article for more information.

RULE 7
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BED BY 7:30 P.M.

We don't even pretend on this one because we don't get home until after 8 p.m. most nights. I am all for getting a good night's rest, and we're fortunate that our school starts late (first bell is at 8:55 a.m.), but sometimes a good cuddle and finishing that last chapter of Harry Potter is just as important.

RULE 8
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SLEEP IN YOUR OWN BED.

We were full-time co-sleepers when the Dudes were babies, so it's not surprising that they still enjoy climbing into bed with mom (and by they I mean me). Believe me when I say that they won't still be sleeping with you in high school, or even in middle school, for that matter. (Ask me how I know this.)

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Which rules do you break? Tell us in the comments!

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Mom Rules All Moms Should Break

Amanda has been wowing the Internet since 2008 when she launched her pretty-much-useless guide for parents, parenting BY dummies. As it turns out, her parenting advice is not generally useful for more than a good laugh, but sometimes that’s exactly what you need! Amanda spends her offline time (which is embarrassingly limited) running a photography business, working as a social media director for a local magazine, writing freelance articles about stuff she loves, wrangling her 3 little Dudes ... More

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