I took it off last night.
It went OK.
But it also confused me.
A few things I believe:
1. Kids need routine and boundaries to feel safe.
2. Dogmatic adherence to rules and boundaries is unproductive and foolish.
3. Consistency is one of the cornerstones of good parenting.
Beliefs 1 and 2 are in contradiction to one another. In theory, it makes sense to me that the rules and boundaries are there as a starting point, but all situations are fluid and exceptions will need to be made. If you realize that you are making exceptions all the time, it might be time to revisit the rule or boundary.
If you are always revisiting your rules and boundaries, then you are violating belief 3.
What's a girl to do with all of this?