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Rules and Expectations

It might surprise you to find out although children sometimes fight against rules they actually need and want clear limits or boundaries.  It is important to make rules clear and specific so the child understands them.  This will reduce conflict.

Setting Family Rules:

  • Keep them simple and easy to understand.
  • Keep number of rules low.
  • Repeat the rules often.
  • Establish consequences for broken rules.
  • Have “Do” rules as well as “Don’t” rules.
  • Modify the rules as kids mature.

Some Examples of Family Rules:

  • Treat everyone with respect.
  • Listen to each other.
  • No name calling or put downs.
  • No hitting or other physical aggression.
  • Everyone puts away their own personal property.

Questions to Ask Yourself:

  • Is what I am asking my child to do is reasonable?
  • Is it something my child can do by him/her self or will they need help?
  • Is my expectation clearly stated?
  • Have I listened to my child and allowed them to voice their opinion? 

Summarized from “Keeping Peace At Home”


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