Rules are Made to Be Broken

Parents can’t read that book. It says, “Ages 2-8.”

Manchild isn’t really supposed to use the mouthwash. It says, “Adults and children ages 6 and older.”

Squish should really only get half of the iron vitamin because he is 2 and 2 and 3 year-olds are only supposed to take half. Four year olds can have a whole one, though. It says so on the bottle.

And even though Squish is too young for a whole vitamin, he’s not too young to use the big-kid toothpaste. That one says its okay for children ages 2 and up.

Oh, but we shouldn’t leave the toothpaste where Manchild and Squish can reach it. It says right on the label: “Keep out of reach of children 6 years of age and younger.”

Turns out, we’re rebels. We read books that are clearly outside our age limits. We let our toddler have the whole vitamin (doctor’s orders trump the label in this case). And if they really wanted to, either of our boys could squeeze and entire tube of toothpaste into his mouth.

But, thankfully (or not), we do not sin ignorantly. At least not any more. We’ve got a 4-year-old who’s not afraid to do our research for us and let us know where we are straying. But, also thankfully, he’s not so much of a stickler that he makes a fuss out of it.

“Well I’m not really supposed to use mouthwash,” he’ll say, “but I still like to.”

At least he knows the rules though. And that’s the first step toward being able to break them, right? (That and close parental supervision.)

Any rules you like to flout at your house?

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  1. Around these parts its the “no sweets today” rule. Somehow it always turns into “well, no sweets tomorrow.”


    lizzie Reply:

    I like that. Although it often turns into, “I didn’t have any yesterday, so I can have two today.”


  2. Your picture is perfect for us. My kids know it is A-OK, even encouraged to pull the cushions off our couch and use it as a trampoline. Especially when I”m making dinner.

    They also know this kind of behavior will earn them death-threats if tried at anyone else’s house.


    lizzie Reply:

    Hahaha! I’m starting to wonder how many houses have an “It’s okay to jump at our house, but not at anyone elses’.” I’ve heard a few other families who have the same rule recently.


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