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Proginoskes II 3 kids; North Carolina 1295 posts
18th Jun '13

I should do this... The first rule for me would be : "Watch your fucking mouth!"



And the checklist thing too, I'm so freaking disorganized lol.

user banned 2 kids; Minnesota 7318 posts
18th Jun '13
Quoting Proginoskes II:" I should do this... The first rule for me would be : "Watch your fucking mouth!" And the checklist thing too, I'm so freaking disorganized lol."


Lol. I don't swear. Like ever. But posting the rules is really, really helping to turn everything around. DD is much more receptive to a list on the wall than she is to what I say.

Interrobang!? 6 kids; Ontario 1176 posts
18th Jun '13

I prefer principles rather than rules.
For one, little kids can't remember long lists of rules. And second, rules are easy to get out of. We learned that with Grace when she was... oh, about 15mos, LOL. I'd say, "No standing on the table!" So she'd stand on the counters. "No standing on the counters!" She'd stand on the back of the couch. "No climbing the furniture!" She'd climb the walls because they weren't technically furniture.




"Be safe," is not as easy to get out of. All we had to do is ask, "Grace, do you think that's a safe place for you to play?" And she'd slowly say, "noo..." and figure it out herself.




So here are our simple, positive, easy to remember and not anal and overbearing principles:
* Keep the safety of yourself and others in mind
* You've got a brain, use it
* Respect the bodies, feelings and possessions of others and of yourself



That's it. 3 simple principles. And they go for everyone in the family, not just the children. Us, kids, visitors. Everyone. No need to have different rules for everyone.