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What are your 'summer rules'?

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I saw this in The Stir - What rules do you have for summer?

'Summer Rules' When You've Lost All Control

Posted by April Peveteaux
on July 20, 2011
summer rules
It occurred to me yesterday as I pulled away from the In 'N' Out drive-thru window, each of us in the car holding a milkshake, that this wasn't any ordinary day. My pre-schooler clearly agreed, as she then declared this "the best day EVER," since I also told her she could put on Nick Jr. when we got home. Of course, as a mom, this was absolutely not my best parenting day ever.

Things of this nature have been happening a lot lately. Rules have been bending, our usual schedule has gone all laissez-faire, and I'm realizing we're smack in the middle of summertime. We're on summer rules!

It's happened, now that my oldest has a school season (even if it's just pre-school), that we're in a whole other calendar way. School's out, and the rules are out. And I'm starting to get that other parents already knew about this alternate world of child-rearing that happens every year in July.

Here are the five rules of summer we're currently living by:

  1. Bedtime? Who needs a bedtime? Besides, 90 percent of the time they hit the sheets late, they let us sleep in a bit.
  2. Ice cream is a daily possibility.
  3. It's "Wear what you want day!" every day. Who cares if that's what you usually call "pajamas"?
  4. Too hot to play outside? Come cool yourself down in the soft light of the television.
  5. Mommy's work schedule? What's that? (Okay, this isn't the best summer rule to give up, admittedly. Yet is seemingly a side effect of numbers 1 to 4.)

What are your summer rules?

by on Jul. 21, 2011 at 12:56 PM
Replies (11-13):
by Kandice on Jul. 22, 2011 at 1:23 AM

Bedtime is before midnight UNLESS plans in the morning then it is bed at 10pm.

Showers at least every other day.

No wet clothes in the laundry pile, hang em up!

Other than that we are laid back.

by Angie on Jul. 22, 2011 at 2:46 PM

They must check in at all times and I must know where they are at all times regardless of age.

by on Jul. 22, 2011 at 3:38 PM
Don't annoy mom.
That is our most important one!
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