Thursday, February 26, 2009

House Rules

We have always had rules in our home, sometimes we're lacking in enforcement. And there seem to be so many that we have a hard time remembering exactly what they are. So after discussion with some friends, I have decided that all of our house rules can be covered with this one simple statement.

Show respect.

The behaviors I expect of my children all fall under this small umbrella.

Q: Can I hit my sister?
A: Be kind and respect her. Do you want her to hurt you?

Q: If I don't want to clean my room now, can I wait until later?
A: If I told you to clean your bedroom then you respect me by doing it!

Q: What happens if I don't get my way and I start throwing a tantrum?
A: I told you that you cannot have/do ____ right now. Period. Respect me and accept that.

When my kids show me respect, I'm more willing to respect them and give them a little more freedom.

Yeah, I know its all easier said than done. But I'm committed to it. Its part of taking back control and feeling like I know what is going on around here! Wish me luck!!

1 comment:

Andy Meadows said...

That's so true! I've said for years that respect is the cornerstone of EVERY relationship. Without respect, you have nothing.