Bending the Rules – Creating Anomalies

Behind the Boutique Kristina Nissen Creating Anomalies

Have you ever taken a Myers Briggs test? I’ve taken it three times over the span of eight years, and have gotten the same result each time. How’s that for test-retest reliability?! I won’t admit what I am on this post, but I will say that I’m one of the personalities who like structure. My husband Chris tests the same as I do, with the same hit rate in reliability. Basically we’re two of the same people (a bit exaggerated) raising children and we both gravitate towards defining rules in our household.

Now, the point of today’s post is to contradict everything that I just said.

Sometimes I enjoy bending the rules with my kids (ages one and three). Why? Because I think life is too short, I give them plenty of other rules, and they’re kids.  Obviously we’re not talking about breaking core principles here (having manners, respecting your elders, etc.); I’m talking about being anomalous about what’s for dinner, or where we eat it. I’m talking about being home before sunset every night, and then BAM let’s go night swimming! But it was an anomaly kid, so we’re back to normal today and don’t even think about asking for it tomorrow night 😉

Behind the Boutique Kristina Nissen Creating Anomalies

Behind the Boutique Kristina Nissen Creating Anomalies

Behind the Boutique Kristina Nissen Creating Anomalies

Behind the Boutique Kristina Nissen Creating Anomalies

Behind the Boutique Kristina Nissen Creating Anomalies

Behind the Boutique Kristina Nissen Creating Anomalies

Behind the Boutique Kristina Nissen Creating Anomalies

Behind the Boutique Kristina Nissen Creating Anomalies

Behind the Boutique Kristina Nissen Creating Anomalies

Behind the Boutique Kristina Nissen Creating Anomalies

Behind the Boutique Kristina Nissen Creating Anomalies

Behind the Boutique Kristina Nissen Creating Anomalies

Behind the Boutique Kristina Nissen Creating Anomalies

Behind the Boutique Kristina Nissen Creating Anomalies

Behind the Boutique Kristina Nissen Creating Anomalies

This last Sunday, instead of cooking a normal dinner, we got in the car and went to a local farm to get ice cream. We had a wonderful time and it got me thinking of my other favorite breaks from our “traditional” routine. We definitely don’t do these often (like I said, anomalies), but when we do, they’re always really special for everyone, my husband and me included.

Loathe it, love it, laugh at it, whatever suits you 🙂  These are the rules I’ve bent before, and just may again sometime in the future:

  1. Ice cream or desert before dinner

  2. Ice cream or desert for dinner

  3. Dance party after bedtime

  4. Starting a movie at bedtime (with popcorn, duh)

  5. Buying a birthday cake just because

  6. Getting balloons just because

  7. Night swimming

  8. Going to the park after dark

  9. Smoothies and movies in bed

  10. Dinner for breakfast

  11. Breakfast for dinner

  12. A Sunday drive in pajamas

  13. Popsicles during bath time

Do you like to deviate from the norm every once and a while? If so, what do you do?

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2 Comments

    • Kristina Nissen
      September 6, 2016 / 9:40 pm

      Thank you so much!!

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