Letting Your Kids Bend The Rules This Summer Break

School’s out, for summer at least. And while it’s important that you don’t let your kids run riot at this time, it is the time for them to relax and blow off a little steam.

Summer is a good time to relax the rules a little bit, but only where you feel happy and comfortable. Here are some ideas for how to let your kids bend the rules a little this summer break and help them become a bit more independent.

Let them stay up later

Without school to get up for in the morning, it’s not uncommon to let kids stay up a bit later during the break. While you don’t want them staying up until the early hours of the morning, an hour or two after their usual bedtime is fine, as long as they’re still getting enough sleep. Managing a healthy child’s sleep schedule during the summer vacation is important, but you can make some changes to relax the rules a little bit.

Give them a bit of space

The summer break is a long period to keep your kids occupied, so giving them a little bit of independence can help to keep them busy. Whether it’s going to the movies with their friends or heading to the mall, it can be good to give them a touch of independence. But letting them venture further doesn’t have to mean completely letting them go on their own - you can click here for info on phone tracking software that can help you keep tabs on where your kids are. As your kids get older, they’ll want to do more things on their own, so make sensible decisions on where the boundaries are to help them grow with every year.

Try new things with them

While you might not be ready for your kids to do some things without you, the summer break could be a great opportunity for you to try some new things together. A new sport, exploring a new town and trying different hobbies can be fun for you to do as a family as you all get to try something new. It can be a great way to bond, especially with work and school taking up so much of your time the rest of the year.

Ease up on the schedule

While chores, practice, and study are important to teach your kids responsibility, they also deserve a break over the summer months. It’s only fair to ease up on the schedule and give them a chance to enjoy their vacation. You like to take a break on your vacation days, so shouldn’t the kids get to do the same?

The summer break is something the whole family can look forward to. While it’s work exploring some vacation ideas to help you all get away and relax, you need to think about what you’re going to do for the rest of the vacation. Consider bending the rules a little to help them learn a touch more responsibility while enjoying a great summer. 


  1. These are all great ideas. I always loved getting to stay up a little later during summer break!

  2. I agree. Summer is a time to ease up on the tight schedules and the rules.

  3. One of the things my kids used to say to me is that this was their summer vacation too. So they expected to say up later and watch some of the flicks that I wouldn’t let them watch, because they had to get up early for school. This was also the time to take advantage of all of us going to the beach, ball games - watching and playing, and going on places we all wanted to go on! When it rained we did play games and bake together. But I tried to get them outside as much as possible! Of course, they had sleepovers. The summer flew by so fast! Good article!! Pin worthy! Thank you for sharing!


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