It’s a wonderful feeling to just let stuff go.
No bedtime rules, no feeding time rules 😉 and no homework or school rules to follow.
It’s a wonderful theory … And rarely results in happy parenting.
Just this morning, my kids thought that no rules would be great but with two kids who love routine, and two kids who need to feel like they belong, rules are what I know they need. And this means getting dressed, getting breakfast eaten, and washing the dishes before the playing and fun times begin.
Having rules doesn’t mean no fun.
Having rules ‘book ends’ the fun times, and gives the best structure for successful, happy holidays.
It doesn’t need to be much, it doesn’t need to be growly, it doesn’t need to take up much time, or even be a lot of rules, but if things have got a bit loose and the kids are whiney, and grumpy, then bring a couple of rules back into the day.