This was such a difficult thing for me to come up with.
Before foster kids it was just me and the dogs, and there aren’t really house rules when you have dogs other than, please don’t pee on the furniture.
I asked friends with children.
I looked online.
I didn’t like any of what I saw. Long lists of things kids CAN’T do.
I didn’t want children coming into my home to feel like they couldn’t do anything.
So, I thought and thought and thought.
Result…our house rule is:
Just the one word.
Just the one rule.
It covers everything…..seriously.
Kids yelling….are you talking with respect to other people?
Kids jumping on the furniture….are you treating the furniture with respect?
Kids hitting each other….are you treating the other person with respect?
And it goes both ways.
We have to treat them and their belongings with respect.
We don’t yell at them.
We do listen to them.
What are your house rules?
Did you have the children help you come up with them?