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Monday, January 19, 2009

House Rules.

It's that time.
It's been that time.
Rule time.
Consequence time.

I'm gearing address the subject of house rules...

So what will make the cut for the "Casa de Lainey-Paney House Rules"???

It's so hard to make this list...
Do I make the rules general & keep the list short?
Do I make the rules very specific so that I can address specific behaviors?
Do I stick with things that are easy to draw/find pictures for, since that's where we are---it's not like Gage can read!

So...I suppose I'm lookin' for feedback here.
What are your house rules?
What are your thoughts on house rules?
What has worked & what hasnt?
Where do you post the house rules, and how do you enforce them?

....just curious....and brainstorming!


At 11:18 AM , Blogger river's daddy said...

I suggest making it a situation that he can be proud of; a graduation of sorts. Maybe have a party-like scenario and let him know that he is now a "young man of the house" and with this comes certain responsibilities -(insert responsibilities here). If introduced in this fashion, I'm betting he'll be more apt to remember them and look forward to adhering to them.

At 11:30 AM , Blogger Reid said...

Our house rules are just based on the generalroutine and consistency we try to keep. Reid knows (he's not quite 3) that we do not hit, we do not throw toys, bath is directly following dinner, no milk after teeth are brushed at night, no splashing out of the tub, and we ALWAYS hold hands in parking lots and crossing the street. The rules have been established over time, and not like "here's five rules you have to start following right now."

Good luck. Gage is such a cutie!

At 11:32 AM , Blogger Lainey-Paney said...

Well, we have some
"we don't...."
"we always..."

But---we seem to be a needing a visual reinforcement...along with verbal reinforcements...and an outline of consequences for said actions. We just seem to need a framework that we can all consistently enforce.

At 12:07 PM , Blogger DramaCity said...

Seeing that I have lot's of different ages going on here, it depends on the kid.
1.Each child has a chore ex:
My two older:take out trash and help with dishes. They clean their own room and they help with laundry.
My middle son: puts away his own clothes, helps clean the room and the toys
My daughter that is three picks up her own toys after playing with them, puts her dirty plate and cup in the sink after dinner...little chores.
All my kiddos know that they are supposed to clean up after themselves~but that doesn't ALWAYS happen...we are still a work in progress.
And of course there is a NO backtalking zone in my house~that will earn you soap in the mouth!
Just some basics....but Gage is such a cutie...I'd be apt to not be so strict :)

At 12:29 PM , Blogger Reason to Rejoice! said...

Well.....we certainly aren't there yet but I think short and simple...he will get frustrated otherwise. Positive reinforcement seems to work well with Rachel...sometimes....I think maybe a bulletin board with pictures? Am I being too unrealistic? Are you wanting to do rewards...some are against that...I, for one, think it works. We have certain rules and Rachel knows them and will tell me..."no frowing (throwing) fings (things) or time out." Anytime she throws anything she goes to time out. If she throws food on the floor, she is finished eating and does not get anything else to eat. Just to name a few....I don't know if that's what you are talking about or not....

At 12:36 PM , Blogger Beth said...

I don't know about "house rules"..but I think keep it short and simple. We always taught that you don't hit, use bad words, lie...stuff like that.

now that my kidsa re older, it's no sex, drugs or drinking. I can pretty much work around anything but tattoos? meh...I don't care. But don't ever cuss me out!!!!

good muck. keep us posted!

At 1:32 PM , Blogger Bonnie said...

FYI, a 2 and 4 year old in this house.
-bring our dishes to the sink when we are done.
-ask to be excused from the table
-bathtime after dinner
-3 books before bedtime (the 4 year old gets to keep a light on and keep looking at books after)
-the usual no yelling, hitting but that is a constant reminder going on.

We're currently taking a course called Love and Logic parenting that is teaching us some ways to effectively communicate to your children. I feel like I can use all the help I can get! Our local school district if offering it- open to all whether your kids are school age or not.

At 2:43 PM , Blogger Lainey-Paney said...

No, my child does not consistently clean up his own toys.

No, my child does not take ANY of his dishes to the sink.

My child has a...well, pretty pampered life.

At 3:31 PM , Blogger Ann(ie) said...

I like the picture idea. A visual might not be a bad idea. I might be following in your footsteps soon. :)

At 4:31 PM , Blogger Reason to Rejoice! said... child is not allowed to take dishes to the sink...she would throw them in there and break them. We are pretty laid back but there are certain things that I WILL NOT tolerate. We pick up her toys together but we have to sing the "clean up, clean up" song. She thinks it's fun that way.

At 5:06 PM , Blogger Beth said...

The boys and I were just talking about one of the old rules - I never made them eat something they didn't like but always served them a bit of it and they had to eat just one bite.
I told them they always had to give it a try because some day they might like it. And sure, enough - they eventually did! (Broccoli, squash...)

At 5:53 PM , Blogger She said...

Don't have any kiddos myself, but with my high schoolers I use the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens. I wonder if you could adapt those in some way and call them your daily habits instead of rules?! Just a thought. I seriously don't know since I'm not a mother! : )

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