Break The Rules – Wednesday Wisdom 26

Break The Rules – Wednesday Wisdom 26

Welcome back to Wednesday Wisdom after a short break last week. It’s been a busy old couple of weeks which lead me to take a break from this series last Wednesday. I hate missing a week but sometimes it has to be done. Sometimes we have to break our own rules, don’t we?

This week’s quote has been inspired by something that in hindsight sounds quite trivial. Over the past few days, the Little Man has been very tired. He’s been doing so much and it’s finally caught up with him. To the point that this afternoon at approximately 3.30pm, he fell asleep. Klaxon alert. Yes, that’s right, asleep right in the middle of what I call, the ‘danger zone’.

If you are a parent, you will understand what I mean. Once they get past a certain age, if you let your small person fall asleep in the afternoon, you are pretty much asking for trouble. Chances are, bedtime will be a nightmare. They won’t want to go to sleep. They might not be able to get to sleep and any chances of you having the whole night to yourself will go right out of the window.

I very rarely let this happen. I usually have a quick ‘Oh crap!’ moment and then proceed to wake him up. I’m usually met with a moody response but then all is fine and I’ve saved us both from the inevitable. But today I stopped myself. The poor kid was shattered. He must have been to fall asleep in the middle of the afternoon. And of course, he looked beyond cute. Damn, how do they do that?!

And so of course, that takes us to this evening. I’m sat here writing this with the Little Man sat beside me watching cartoons at 8 o’clock at night because you guessed it – he can’t sleep.

Now, this may make me a crap parent in some people’s eyes. For several reasons. He’s not in bed like he should be. He’s watching television before bed. I’m sat writing this while he is doing so. I could go on.

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But guess what? I broke the rules. So what if he’s awake? He’s not tired, he slept earlier because he needed to. He’s watching television because neither he nor I need him running around the house like a crazy thing at 8 o’clock at night. He’s resting, he may not be in bed but he’s resting. And yes, I am sat here writing this while he is doing this because actually, this time of night is usually my time, to get my things done. That might make me sound selfish. I’m not.

I’ve broken the rules but I’ve done it for the right reasons. He’ll go to bed soon and he will likely go straight to sleep. We won’t have fallen out or had a battle at bedtime. We will both be happy because we both got to do what we wanted. I don’t think that makes me a bad parent.

“Break the rules.
Stand apart.
Ignore your head.
Follow your heart.”

This can be applied in so many different other things in life as well. We all need to break the rules every now and again if it’s for the right reasons. But we shouldn’t beat ourselves up about it either. Other what’s the point in following your heart?

 

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5 Comments

  1. 17th May 2017 / 12:38 pm

    Rules are meant to be broken, aren’t they? Well done for letting your little guy follow his body’s cues. I have let that happen a number of times with my nearly 4 year old over the last few weeks, because he just NEEDED the sleep. Nothing wrong with that. 🙂
    #CandidCuddles

  2. 18th May 2017 / 6:36 pm

    I think it’s important to just go with the flow sometimes and not get too worked up on things. .#candidcuddles

  3. 18th May 2017 / 9:15 pm

    Lovely post, you’re right. Sometimes we do need to ignore rules and follow our hearts. xx

  4. 20th May 2017 / 10:08 pm

    I actually had to read this twice because I couldn’t figure out what you’d be judged for. Honestly living in the Med where there are NO rules for parenting and our neighbour’s bloody kids run around like lunatics til 11pm makes you look at other cultures’ parenting attitudes with bemusement. Even when we still lived in the UK, land of uber parenting and judgy McJudgy pants (which you only realise once you no longer live there!) I was hopeless (and always have been) at routine and set bedtime hour. So if you’d get judged for something trivial like letting your child SLEEP then I’d be in prison lol. Your child, your rules my love. Thanks for joining #candidcuddles

  5. Amy @ Arty apple
    21st May 2017 / 5:58 pm

    Couldn’t agree more. Rules and routine are so important but sometimes they absolutely need to be deviated from. It’s how we remain sane x

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