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As children get older, they can be more involved in deciding what the rules should be.

When you involve children and teenagers in making the rules, it helps them understand and accept the rules and why your family needs them. For older children and teenagers, being involved in making the rules can also give them the chance to take responsibility for their own behaviour. It can help to write down the rules and display them somewhere everyone can see them.

For younger children you can make or draw pictures that show the rules. This can also be a good way to remind everyone of the most important rules. And there will be times when your rules need to change , as your children get older or your family situation changes.

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Preschoolers Most children aged years have the language skills to understand simple rules. But at this age, children are likely to forget or ignore rules. School-age children All children are different, but children might be years old before you can start relying on them to follow rules without your help in most situations.

For example, children of this age will probably remember rules about brushing teeth before bed or waiting for an adult before crossing the road. Teenagers Rules are just as important for teenagers as they are for younger children. Clear rules give teenagers a sense of security at a time in their lives when a lot of other things are changing. Rules about safe behaviour are especially important. These might include rules about alcohol use, sex, dating and curfews. Some families negotiate and sign safety contracts.

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But you can expect some challenges to the rules at this age, as teenagers look for more autonomy and independence. Children with additional needs In families with children with additional needs, consistent rules send the message that everyone is equal. For example, if your family rule is that you all speak nicely to each other, your child with additional needs should follow this rule just like your typically developing children.

These could be fighting between siblings, areas of disobedience, or a general attitude problem that can be a source of stress. This is something that is a common issue in families.

Steps in Creating Family Rules

So many of the conflicts in our family can stem from a general lack of behaving with basic manners. Take the manners you value into account when creating your rules. Our family settled on 25 house rules, but we do also have a super large family of nine kids. Maybe 25 would be way too many for your family.

If your list starts off long, be sure to shorten it to make it something your family can actually live with and make a part of everyday life. Once you have created them, be sure to print them off. I included an awesome template you can print off and fill in your own rules. Your list of house rules should in a large part be reflective of the amount of people in your family.

This is such an important step. Once you have them all written out, put them where everyone whether parents or children can see them and follow them.

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Having house rules for your family are an essential way to make sure that everyone is on the same page, expectations are clear, and conflict can be diminished. No one is exempted from following the rules. I really like this idea. I have a 3 year old and I have construction paper taped to the wall with 3 rules. I have a hard time disciplining him, because he throws fits and I put him in time out.

I lose my cool when he starts throwing a fit sometimes or just clearly refuses to listen. No yelling. Thank you.

I will try to make a better one. Great rules! Love that…ours is…Is it kind, is it necessary, is it true?

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