Rules: Are Some Okay to Break?

Cat sleepily nodded agreement, adding, “It’s against the law of the forest to steal from others!”

[Excerpt from Hello Little Owl, Chipped Munk]

Book cover of Chipped Munk.  This book teaches so many life lessons to young children.  Some lessons include: trust, giving second chances, and teamwork.
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In general, most rules are made intending to protect us from harm. When we are little, we hear rules such as:

  • “Don’t stick your finger in the light socket.”
  • “Don’t touch the oven.”
  • “Never talk to strangers without a responsible adult around.”

These are all wise rules to follow so as not to find yourself in an unhappy or unsafe predicament. There are rules at home (8:30 p.m. bedtime or no TV until your homework is done), in school (no running in the hallway), at the park (don’t feed the birds), and at the beach (no glass containers).

With summer break from school in full swing, there are bound to be a few extra rules in place.

Of course, they are intended to keep your children safe and happy. You mean well by putting some extra rules in place. But is following all the rules crucial during the summer break from school?

As a parent, I feel it is important to “pick your battles” when it comes to your children breaking some rules at home. It isn’t really so bad to miss that 8:30 p.m. bedtime on a special occasion. Whereas, it’s important that the homework gets done so as not to face consequences at school the next day. As for rules in public places, it is best to do as is stated to maintain a safe and clean environment for everyone.

As we grow older, we find it against the law to drive over the speed limit or drink alcohol before the age of 21. Also, stealing something that belongs to someone else is forbidden. Trespassing on someone else’s property is an offense that can be prosecuted by the law. These types of laws, if followed, can help save lives by avoiding accidents, robberies, and home intrusions.

Rules that are applied to “us” as a society are intended to protect our individual constitutional rights.

But you may be able to be a little more lenient with rules at home, especially during the summer break from school. On the flip side of this, you may have a household that runs like a well oiled machine because rules have created routines. If that is what is best for your household, then that’s just fine too. It’s important to do what is best for you and your family.

Questions to Think About …

  • What are some of the rules you have to follow at home? At school?
  • Have you ever broken a rule just for fun, knowing it would not hurt anyone?
  • What rules do you think are very important to follow?
  • Have you broken a rule that resulted in you or someone else getting hurt?

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