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Summer is right around the corner and we feel it… The sun is rising earlier and setting later… Our temperatures are soaring higher… My kids are getting restless. And our 100 degree temperatures last week did nothing to temper my childrens’ eagerness to run, jump, splash, play, and just be kids. There is something freeing about Summer for all of us. Without the obligations of homework and school bells, there is relief in those few extra moments of sleep…the lingering over oatmeal and scrambled eggs…a welcome reprieve from the rush and semi-chaos of school mornings.
There is something about the warm sunshine and breezy summer days that brings out the kid in all of us. Like most parents, I sprinkle in just enough educational activities to prevent summer brain drain from setting in, but for the most part, summer is all about giving my kids (and admittedly myself) a bit of a break. After all, these days of giggles and snuggles and tickles are fleeting. I can already see my children taking flight and it’s terrifying and thrilling. There are days where I simultaneously want them to stay exactly as they are and I can’t wait to see the people they become.
Perhaps this desire for my kids to just be kids for as long as possible is why Popsicle’s new guidebook featuring the Rules for Being a Kid resonates so deeply with me. Too often, my kids are exposed to messages that tell them they need to be taller, smarter, faster, more mature, and whatever else it is that they are not. None of these messages are inherently bad, but framing them in light of my childrens’ age and developmental stage is crucial. So, together with my kids, we’ve come up with a few Rules for Being a Kid.
1. Get Messy
2. Dream Big
3. Use Your Imagination
4. Get the Sillies Out
5. Learn to Laugh at Yourself
Your Turn! What are your best Rules for Being a Kid?
Popsicle is seeking your help to compile the best Rules for Being a Kid into a guidebook. Through the end of May, visit Facebook.com/Popsicle to submit your best rules and accompanying photos that bring them to life. The guidebook will be available for download on June 21st and will feature the top submitted rules. To see popular rules submitted by both celebrity parents and Popsicle fans, visit their Twitter and Facebook pages (#popsiclerules). And, by entering your best “rules,” you could win the opportunity to be featured on limited-edition boxes of Popsicle pops and one of FIVE $500 cash prizes!
Win It! TWO of you will win EIGHT coupons for full-sized packages of Popsicle products! Simply complete the Rafflecopter form AND leave me a comment with your best Rule for Being a Kid (you can use one you’ve already entered into the Popsicle contest). Comments will close on June 1st, 2014 at 11:59 PM PST.
US Residents only. Duplicates and comments not including the above information will be disqualified. Comments are moderated. If you don’t see your comment in a reasonable amount of time, send me an email. Bloggers and non-bloggers may enter. If you don’t want to leave your email address, please be sure to check back for my announcement on the winner. Please note that winners must respond within 48 hours of being announced/contacted or another winner will be drawn.
Images: Rockin’ Mama/Popsicle
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90 Responses to Our Best Rules for Being a Kid + a Popsicle Giveaway!
Sandra K VanHoey says
Obey your parents, hey will not guide you wrong
just having fun and laughing a lot
I always tell my kids to just go outside and play. You don’t need high priced gadgets to have fun, just an imagination. They always find something fun to do if they just go outside and put their mind to it.
just be yourself
alicia k says
let your imagination run wild!
Leigh Anne Borders says
Get outside and get dirty! Enjoy life to the fullest!!!
Kelly D says
My best rule is to be spontaneous.
Janet W. says
My best rule for being a kid is to have fun and laugh a ton!
Have fun and don’t worry about looking silly.
Mary Beth Elderton says
Magic is to be taken very seriously 🙂
Laura DeLuca says
Always get extra dirty right before your bath.
be yourself, always have fun & be kind to others!
also, never grow up lol
thanks for the chance to win!
Candie L says
Play in the mud. Thank you
Laugh & have fun.
Run through the grass barefoot!
Rachel C says
Be interested and involved – enjoy what life has to offer!
KJ Skib says
Have fun and PLAY!!!!
Seyma Shabbir says
Have fun and lots more fun!
Stephanie V. says
Try lots of different things to find something you love
Just…… Smile & Laugh often (with all that is going on lately… must add but don’t be a meanie & use someone else’s pain for your amusement…)
Virginia Rowell says
The best rule to being a kid is use your imagination.
The best kid rule is to run, jump and enjoy every minute.
Debbie Welchert says
To just have fun and play.
shelly peterson says
Have lots of fun!
Cheryl Abdelnour says
Learn to laugh and play.
Get messy as much as possible!
steve weber says
laugh 50000 times a day!
amy pugmire says
laugh often and don’t take life too serious!
kelly benavidez says
get messy is my sons favorite motto to live by
Dorothy Teel says
My best rule for being a kid, is to have fun don’t take life so seriously and laugh
Marci Wright says
Keep a sense of wonder & enjoy the little things!
Betty B. says
Don’t be afraid to get messy!
Danielle E says
Ask all your questions
Don’t grow up! Be a kid! Have all the fun you can now and don’t get so mad that you are too little for things!
Dawn G says
My best rule for being a kid is to spend as much time outdoors as you can.
Play in the mud! Squish it through your toes, make mud pies, have a mud throwing contest! It all washes off in the end!
jeremy mclaughlin says
Have fun and don’t worry.
Michele Behlen says
Don’t be afraid to try new things.
Danielle Porter says
Play outside and with a puppy as much as possible!
My best rule is to be yourself.
Amy Orvin says
Margaret Smith says
Try to make everything fun.
amanda whiltey says
the best rule is have no worries.
Cassandra Eastman says
My rule is to explore and don’t worry about making a mess!
Dericka Buckels says
My best rule is to never stop dreaming it keeps you young at heart.
Lisa B says
Never care if someone is watching!
susan wiener says
Try to think outside the box.
Don’t try to grow up too fast.
Corinne Bozeman says
During summer vacation my Mom’s favorite saying was that only boring people get bored. I have incorporated that into my rule book. So my kids know better than go ever get bored!
Ann Fantom says
Stay a child
Ann Fantom says
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Danielle Lima says
Live each day to the fullest.
Amy Pratt says
Be as happy as you can.
Kelly Tupick says
My best rule for kids is to have fun and to not worry about adult stuff. Enjoy being a kid because it really does go by fast.
Don’t worry – be happy!
Tracy Pryor says
Never worry about being dirty. Just have fun and play.
Denise B. says
When you give a child an electronic-free childhood, they will experience a real childhood.
Find the fun in every situation
Emily R. says
Explore nature & life!
Monique Rizzo says
Have a good belly laugh several times a day.
Linda Lansford says
best Rule for Being a Kid is to show love
Michelle Weaver says
Laugh a lot!!!
Amanda Kinder says
Laugh as hard as you can.
Chrystal D says
Laugh every chance you get!
Jessica To says
Try new things and laugh a lot!
Devon F says
Having fun & use your imagination!
Christy Leeper says
Gotta have an imagination – but no whining please! 🙂
Use your imagination
tanya holland says
My best rule for being a kid is have fun and play!!
Susan Christy says
Play outdoors and don’t worry about anything!
krystal wethington says
Just have fun.
Debbie Ritenour says
Have fun before you grow up!
CJ Godfrey says
My rule is to foster a love of learning.
jennifer cervantes says
To have fun and not grow up too fast!
Tracy Jones says
Have fun and try everything at least once.
It’s OK to get dirty. Soap and water work wonders on dirty kids! 🙂
Tiffani Jade says
Don’t take things too seriously! Just have fun, be silly, laugh lots and enjoy your childhood while it lasts!
Have fun and don’t stress things in life, when you get older there will be plenty of things in life to stress you, so be stress free as long as you can be.
Sarah Hall says
Relax and enjoy every minute of every day. Laugh a lot.
Rachel Coleman says
Just take it easy and do not stress too much.
Tammy Arnold says
Get outside as much as possible to enjoy nature. There’s less of it now than when I was young.
Jennifer Reed says
My best rule for being a kid is to enjoy this time when impulses can be OK when making decisions. Adults have to do careful evaluation or a destructive amount of self-conscious fore-thought before we make any choices.
Denise S says
Be yourself and don’t worry about what anybody else says.
Sky Evans says
My rule is not t worry
Kimberly Schotz says
My rule for kids is that it is okay to get dirty.
Brooke R. says
Try not to worry
Mary Cloud says
Enjoy every moment of it because time passes quickly
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Laurie Emerson says
My best rule is to sing as loud as you can to a song even if you don’t know the words