Yesterday morning while I was working in the kitchen, I heard terms like “bilge rat” and “scoundrel” being angrily tossed around in our living room: Peter Pan insults are currently the favorites at our house. When I peeked in to see what was going on I found my four-year-old angrily thumping my two-year-old for doing who-knows-what.
Upon rehashing how we should treat others and reminding him of our family rules, Finn decided to inform me that “the rules at our house are extinct.” The words came out with great pride and his eyes were glistening. He then proceeded to elaborate: they died out a long time ago. This little munchkin likes to think he has one up on me.
After taking some time to process our conversation (and issuing a timeout for unkind behavior), I decided it was time to revisit our family rules and repost them on the wall in our house – Supernanny style. While my husband and I do our best to be consistent, there’s just something powerful about having family rules and expectations posted where everyone is reminded of the expected behaviors.
I’ve attached our family rules (and a set of classroom rules, too, because I thought the teachers out there might also appreciate them.) They are available as a PDF document or as an editable PowerPoint document; the fonts are not included in the editable version. If you wish to edit and use a fun font, you’ll need to download some. You can find some great ones for personal use here.
Once everyone wakes up, I’ll be posting these at our house, hoping they help to resurrect our seemingly “extinct” family rules and expectations. I hope they help to bring some consistency to your sphere of influence, too.