House Rules

House Rules

Sarah Rae Smith
Oct 28, 2010

Growing up, I don't remember having a written out set of house rules, though I also recall trying to argue my way out of any offense I might have committed since nothing was set in stone. My poor mother. While cruising through Flickr, we came across this printed list of household rules decided upon by all the household members. How does it compare to your house rules?

Each year the Grimm family sits down to establish and revamp the rules of the house from the prior year. Everyone was excited as "no sticks at all" came off the list from last year as everyone is responsible enough this year to not end up headed to the emergency room.

Each house, family and traditions are different and what works for one family, might not for another, but at home, just like in school, having rules to follow makes things easier on everyone. Knowing that your children know what's expected of them upfront helps along the way because as much as we'd like them to be — they're not mind readers.

We like the idea of the whole family sitting down to establish the basics together (as well as the consequences which are written on the back of the paper shown above) so it becomes a group effort and kids feeling like they did their part. What rules do you have in your family? Do you keep them posted up or host a family meeting to discuss them? Share your thoughts in the comments below and check out the details on this family's list over at Dried Figs and Wooden Spools.

(Image: Flickr member Dried Figs used by permission)

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