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Family Rules

Have you seen the Family Rules signs on Pinterest?

Family Rules montage

Custom Family Rules
Family Rules created with Uppercase Living vinyl lettering

Here’s an example of one I helped a customer do with her own family’s rules. Love the way it turned out and I love the thought she put behind each rule: say please & thank you; pray; hug often; play hard; trust God; love; believe in yourself; laugh.

Recently, I came across a post from a special needs resource blog that I follow to help me with my job in special needs ministry. The topic was how to create a therapeutic living room in your own home, and suggestions were given to create both a calming environment and a stimulating environment. The very first item on the list for establishing a comfortable, calming environment was to post your Family Rules. A sense of order is important and everyone needs to know that the entire family, even parents, live by the rules.

I asked my three boys what our family rules should be. Being the goofy tween and teens that they are, their first several answers included gems like:

–         Only one chore per day

–         Every kid should have his own iPhone

…more like a wish list than actual family rules.

Finally, the oldest said: “The Golden Rule” and his brothers chimed in, “Treat others the way you want to be treated.” I think that does sum up the Golik family’s rules quite nicely.