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10 Mom Rules Worth Breaking

10 mom rules that you should break, or at least bend.
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Rules are meant to be broken—or at least bent a bit. So do it your way and ignore these fussy old rules.

1. The whole idea of certain foods for certain meals. If he wants fish sticks at 8 a.m., is that really all that different from sausage?

2. The rule that says all baby-care must be split 50/50 with Daddy. You can hold all those diaper changes and baths over his head for years worth of school-dance carpool driving.

3. Organic everything. No one ever called Poison Control over a Cheeto.

4. Being a helicopter parent. Your kids aren’t going to let you hover for even a second when they’re 12. Better to get in your 10,000,000 hugs and top-of-head kisses while you can.

5. Two TV shows in a row. Every once in a while it’s treat, not a brain-melter.

6. Keeping on the jammies. No baby ever ended up in therapy because his mommy kept him in pj’s until 2 p.m.

7. Birth announcements within two weeks. Please. How much cuter will your baby be in a month or two when the picture can be a smiling one?

8. That whole nine months on, nine months off baby weight rule. Give it a year.

9. Bribery! Think of it this way: Your paycheck bribes you to go to work, right? Not all that different with, say, M&Ms and potty training.

10. Only breast milk! Only organic cotton clothes! Only nighttime pacifiers! Only about a million ways to drive yourself crazy. Do what works for you.

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  • Rated 0 out of 5 by 18reviewers.
    Rated 0 out of 5 by We all have moments when we think we are being a bad parent, but that's just it - we've all been there! We aren't going to be perfect and it's articles like this that really enforce it. Thank you!!! September 7, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Good to see an article that tells it straight...we can all try our best to be the best parent, but let's face it - McD's sure comes in handy in a pinch. August 23, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Thank you.. finally.. "do what works for you" I have been given so many dos and donts.. its nice to finally see that in an article! August 6, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by You know your baby best....and what is best for your family. Each child and family is different so what works for one likely won't work exactly for another. Listen to your child and do what is best for your family and you won't go wrong. February 10, 2013
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