It's summer, the kids are out of school and off their typical schedules. And that's why right now, says The Stir writer and mom Sarah Bernard, is a great time to break some of your well-worn parenting rules. What does Bernard recommend? Well how about shaking up some of the hard and fast rules around eating and sleeping. For instance, if you're a mom who says you absolutely must finish your veggies before dessert, surprise your kids with ice cream or a popsicle in the afternoon for no reason at all. Have set bedtimes your kids have to conform to? Let them stay up one night a bit later than usual, and even better, let them set up a tent or a sleeping bag in other spots in the house.
Bernard's reasoning is that kids will appreciate you more because you've given them permission to do something wacky and allowed them to indulge in something unexpected. And that, ostensibly, will encourage them to follow your rules the rest of the time.
Is this something you put into practice with your kids? What's your favorite summertime rule breaking move? Share with us in the comments, and don't forget to watch Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Wednesdays at 9/8 c.