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Become the Wild Parent this Summer

Become the Wild Parent this Summer

Summer has arrived. Do you know what that means? It’s time to become the wild parent! After months of a rigid schedule, this is a great opportunity to have fun and make some memories with your children.

  • Break some of the rules. Seriously, it’s okay every once in a while.
  • Act silly.
  • Go on mini-vacations in your town.
  • Stay up late. Sack out on the grass and watch the stars together.
  • Become a child again with your children. Laugh together.
  • Let the kids pick the menus. Fix some unusual meals.
  • Borrow a projector and watch a movie outside.

Yes, the rules are important. Yes, every family needs structure. But when the chance arrives to do the unexpected—to have fun with your children—do it!

You’ll discover what I did:

  • Your children love it when you spend time with them, when you play with them.
  • They won’t become nutrient-deficient if you let them pick the menu for a couple of meals.
  • The health department won’t show up if you skip a day or two of cleaning.
  • The world doesn’t come to an end if you skip the chores for the day and have a picnic, or go shopping with your daughter, or take a bike ride with your son.

No, the world won’t come to an end—but those summers with your children will . . . way before you’re ready. So become the wild parent this summer. Laugh. Play. And tuck some snapshots in your heart for the days when your oh-so-precious children won’t be children anymore.

By: Michelle Cox is the creator/developer of the Just 18 Summers® brand of parenting resources and products. Her novel, Just 18 Summers (co-authored with Rene Gutteridge), is available for only $0.99 in eBook format for the entire month of June! Michelle would love to speak at your event! Visit her at, on Facebook at and, and on Twitter @michelleinspire.

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