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A few simple rules

April 5, 2012

Here’s a great idea…

 

In their publication, The Parenting Journey, H. Wallace Goddard and Steven A. Dennis say, “Without rules, life would be a mess. But sometimes we make too many rules or silly rules. Good rules help children learn to work well with people. We can make a few simple rules and show they are important by enforcing them consistently.”

In other words…

Most of us make some rules carelessly. We just start telling children not to touch this or never do that. Children do not know we are serious about the rules until they see how we act. If we enforce rules sometimes and not others, children become confused. They may think we’re not serious about any rules. We shouldn’t make a rule unless it is important enough to enforce it.

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life…

Think about the rules in your home. Do you enforce them consistently? You may consider condensing them into a few simple rules, like “We respect other people,” that you can enforce regularly.

To find out more…

about parenting, check out The Parenting Journey or See the World Through My Eyes programs at arfamilies.org, follow us at facebook.com/navigatinglife or contact your local county Extension agent. You can also read Between Parent and Child.

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