Ever raised an eyebrow at someone else's words of wisdom about who you should parent your kids? While we moms receive no shortage of well-meaning advice, the truth is that some commonly touted parenting guidelines ("Not on a school night!" "No TV!") just don't make sense in real life — or at least not all the time. With this in mind we asked our Top 25 Funny Moms which parenting rules moms should break, and they shared some gems we think you'll appreciate...
1. "Enjoy Every Moment!"
“I can almost GUARANTEE you that there will be days with your children you do not enjoy. All-family stomach virus day? Not enjoyable. My kids coated the brand new couch we saved for over a year for in Sharpie in one day? I give you permission to go ahead and despise this day… If you take the pressure off yourself to delight in every single instant of your children's existences you'll be a better parent and a saner human. And there will [still] be plenty of moments to enjoy, don't worry.” –Margaret of Short Fat Dictator
2. "Don’t Let Your Children Watch TV"
"The most ludicrous and unrealistic parenting rule I ever heard is: 'Don't let your children watch TV. It's bad for them.' Who made up that rule? Cavemen? (More likely, cavemen without children). If I didn't have the luxury of plopping my kids in front of the TV when they were little, I would have been unable to prepare innumerable meals, pay the family's bills, or commit to any sort of physical hygiene. In other words, without TV, my kids would have starved, been homeless, and had a mother who stunk." -Roni Sokol of mommy in law
3. "Safety First!"
"There are so many times this rule restricts growth, fun and learning. There are times to be impulsive and there are times to test boundaries. Plus, children learn to trust us if we warn them of the danger in what they're doing but allow them to do it anyway, and then find out we were right. We would never lick the brownie batter spatulas with our kids if we put safety first...We wouldn't let them take apart our vacuum cleaners (kudos to my in-laws for allowing my computer scientist husband to do this as a 5-year-old trying to build a hovercraft.) As parents, we need to weigh what we're trying to protect our children from in our minds against the life lesson they will get if they find out the harder (and more fun) way." -Christine Virgin of I Can't Even Pee in Peace
4. “Everything my kids do or create is a brilliant masterpiece of wonderfulness.”
“I know what my kids are capable of, so I refuse to stand in rousing applause each time they press crayon to paper or run across the soccer field in the wrong direction. Don't get me wrong: I'm not going all Crouching Tiger, Hidden Piano Mom on my kids. I'm supportive and encouraging and appreciative...But when they can do better? I know it. They know it. So I tell them to do better.
Earlier this year, my kids were making birthday cards for their uncle. They basically scribbled a smiley face and handed them to me. I took one look and said "Uhhh no. Try again, people." They typically spend hours a day making colorful ornate cards and posters for their stuffed animals, for goodness sake. Step it up a notch for a real human being, please." -Kim of Let Me Start By Saying
5. “Not On a School Night”
"My kids need structure more than most. Heck, I need structure more than most. When I tell my kids 'Homework! Dinner! Bath! Bed!' it's as much for me (exhausted me, who NEEDS THE DAY TO END) as it is for them. But sometimes, when your kids beg to go to a park across the county to have a picnic dinner by the water and it's Monday at rush hour on a school night, the right answer is yes. Sometimes, when it's dusk and freezing out and your kids beg you to take them sledding through the woods, the right answer is yes. Because then you get amazing memories like this." -Patty Chang Anker of Facing Forty Upside Down
What parenting "rule" do you think moms should break?