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I broke all the rules on vacation

Have you ever heard the saying, "It's not vacation if you're traveling with your kids?"  If you're still having to parent, discipline, change diapers and wash bottles than you're not truly "on vacation."  However, last week on our beach trip, I found ways to relax the reigns a bit to help me relax as "Mom" of the family.  Here are some rules I broke on vacation.
  • I didn't recycle.  Not one bit.  I feel horribly guilty about it.  I'm sorry Earth.
  • I let my child walk around barefoot.  A lot.  He only suffered one cut on his toe.
  • I let my child eat one of these every single day.  The look on his face was priceless.
  • We let our oldest son sleep in our bed with us every night.  He never does this at home.
  • I enjoyed cocktails before 5 o'clock.  Really no surprise there, right?
  • I didn't obsess about germs and cleaning.  However, I couldn't escape my laundry duties. 
  • I gave up on trying to get the "perfect" family photo in our coordinating outfits.
Like I said, there are still things I couldn't get away from such as laundry, wiping bottoms, 3 AM feedings, preparing meals, baths and grocery shopping.   However, by giving in on a few of the little things, I lightened my parenting responsibilities and was able to focus on more important things like helping Luke perfect his CANNON BALL!  Are there certain things you do differently when vacationing with your kids?  Post a comment and let me know!


  1. We let the kids stay up obscenely late, eat all kids of horrible snacks and we definitely over-indulge in some fruity, fun cocktails. Dana

  2. Sounds like the perfect family vacation! Wonderful for you all! Inge