Friday, September 4, 2009

Rules were meant to be broken

While Con is only 17 months old, I think I'm teaching him to break the rules a little early. You know what? I'm okay with that. As long as he's not hurting himself or someone else, why not break the rules? My friend Stacy can tell you a story about the time we took the kids to the zoo. She ducked into the bathroom. She has a son about Connor's age, and another who is 6. Her 6 year old brought a friend. They both wanted to push her youngest in the stroller, so I offered up Connor so they could both push a stroller. By the time Stacy came out of the bathroom, both 6 year olds were running around the zoo lobby with strollers. The little ones liked the speed, the big boys were happy. I still think Stacy wonders what the hell is wrong with me.

I probably let Connor do things other parents wouldn't let their kids do. (You've seen the bil-jac post). We have a wagon with a canopy on it. Connor was being a monster on our walk one day, so I put him on top of the canopy and pushed him home. I sometimes let him eat cookies before lunch, I let him play in the trash - along as it's not too gross. I don't stifle him when he wants to splash water, write with an ink pen or play in my make-up bag. Frankly the only thing he gets told no to is headbutting and biting. Anything else is up for grabs. Being a fairly big follower of "the rules," I think life would be more fun if every once in a while, they are broken.


Jill said...

This made me smile :)

The Red Headed Mama said...

hahaha, that day at the zoo was hilarious! :)

Rules are meant to be broken, I think it makes life way more fun when you break away from the norm and just let them be kids! Really, you can only get away with playing in the trash and eating dog food for so long...may as well enjoy it!

Transparent Mama said...

I am such a rule follower too. I agree, sometimes it is a little fun not to stay in the box.