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Why, oh why? (Why, let me tell you.)

For someone who doesn’t particularly like appearing on camera, November 2014 is shaping up to be my video debut month! I was asked to be a presenter for Key Ministry’s Inclusion Fusion ~ a worldwide disability ministry web summit. (Registration is free…please check it out!)

Then, I was invited by Uppercase Living to share my “why” with everyone. Here it is.

If being part of something positive — something that uplifts and inspires others — is important to you, I invite you consider joining my team. Here’s a no-obligation FAQ and other info. Have questions? Want to learn more? Let’s chat.

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.