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The Rules of Parenting, 2nd Edition by Richard Templar

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RULE 5

Almost any rule can be broken occasionally

We all know that there are rules and systems and procedures and policies that must be followed if you’re a parent. You know the sort of thing: don’t feed them junk food, don’t let them stay up too late, don’t let their eyes turn square in front of the TV, don’t allow them to swear until they’re old enough (before you ask, see Rule 83).

What we Rules parents also understand is that there are very few rules that you can’t break with a good enough reason. OK, you’re supposed to feed them good healthy food and the recommended ‘5 a day’, but when you get home tired after a long day, it’s not the end of the world to give them fishfingers for once.

It’s just a matter of thinking through what’s the ...

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