No family is perfect, right?
We all understand that! Mine is most definitely no exception. To put it bluntly, my kids are ANIMALS! They tear through the house at 100mph arguing and fighting leaving a trail of toys, clothes, shoes, and food everywhere.
They still draw on the walls, jump on the sofa and flood the bathroom. By six and nine you’d have thought this kind of carnage would be a thing of the past!
I even catch them abandoning food wrappers on the living room floor; They don’t even do that on the street! (obviously, I have taught them that is a huge NO!)
They are both like mini tornados and leave a mass of destruction where ever they go. Needless to say, It drives me mad! I can block it out and ignore it for a while (they say ignorance is bliss, right?!) then “boom” like hitting a brick wall it’s there.
This kind of destruction often results in me having a massive meltdown, losing it and chucking things away!
Kids need guidance!
They should be seen for the little sponges they are. However, in order for them to absorb this information they need to be drip fed it first!!
With this in mind, I got to work on our “HOUSE RULES”.
After a quick brainstorm session, I put together a somewhat extensive list of all the things that irritate me! Which of course, I then had to condense into the main “good” behaviours I would like to see. I didn’t want this to be entirely negative, so I reverse psychologised a couple of the rules!
Here’s the list of the kids’ house rules I settled on:
- Eat in your seat – Save the endless food muck spreading EVERYWHERE
- Keep your hands to yourself – In other words, no WWE moves, please
- Treat things with care – Less of the destruction of stuff urghh
- Give big hugs – who doesn’t need these anyway?
- If you get it out, put it away – Fair enough in my eyes, not so sure about them though!
- No climbing on the furniture – We have been through several sofas already
- Always be kind – After all, this is a quality we should all be instilling in our children
- No tidal waves at bath time – Seriously it’s not fun, and “kinda” scary when there is water dripping through the ceiling light in the kitchen below
- Bad moods belong in your bedroom – My way of teaching them to take some time out to hopefully see things in a different perspective.
- No running in the house – Because I don’t appreciate being floored with a nice neatly ironed pile of clothes in my hands on the way up the stairs
I then typed these up on the laptop made them look pretty and framed it, voila!
We need to teach kids to have respect for their environment.
Explain value. Help your kids understand what gives something its worth. For example, Lauren wanted to pick some daffodils from the grass the other day I explained to her we have to leave them where they are because somebody has worked hard to make the area look pretty so everyone can enjoy looking at it.
Think less is more. Children don’t need a tonne of stuff, and the more “things” they get, the less they’ll appreciate each item. Try rotating toys, so they have only a few at a time.
Make it clear. Before you hand over something you love, spell out the rules: “If you would like to use my I PAD, you must be willing to stay sat down, make sure you don’t drop it, take extra care and look after it.
In conclusion, when we teach kids to treat belongings with respect, we’re helping them develop a sense of gratitude and consideration. Helping them grow up to be respectful and considerate adults.
Do you have any house rules? Leave a comment below and let me know.