As parents we inevitably have to make rules up to keep the household running smoothly. Nobody told us this, I don’t recall reading this in any parenting books that I read voraciously when the first two kids were young and then proceeded to throw out because I realized that I just needed to go with my gut, follow my heart, and pick and choose great skills I observed other parents practicing.
Some rules are made up out of necessity to rear well-behaved children, some to make good habits, others to keep the peace, and yet others to preserve sanity.
Here’s a sampling of The Marchville Rules:
#1 Be Kindness! (most important)
#24 Only socks can be thrown inside the house
#27 No you cannot hoard candy in your bed!
#56 Bus your own dishes, you do not live in a restaurant.
#67 If you come home in a really grumpy mood, you must spend 10 minutes on the punching bag. (instead of taking your bad day out on the rest of us! It also helps some of the Monkeys to be better able to pinpoint what went wrong in their day)
#71 You must eat the number of vegetables that match your age (example= If you are 7 years old: you gotta eat at least a combo of 7 veggies on the table that night – broccoli & cauliflower. I don’t try to be a really mean Mom and cook up brussel sprouts and squash on the same night, I try to make sure there’s at least something each Monkey will like.)
#89 You must use SOAP with the water when washing your hands or showering (this needed to be enacted due to a Monkey who shall remain anonymous but his initials are M.B.)
#111 dirty silverware must be deposited on the right side of the sink. (This is a fairly new rule, since we moved into the new house, the left side has a garbage disposal. I cannot count how many times utensils have been mangled and Mr. Monkey & I do not like sticking our hands down there.)
#120 If you leave the garage door open you owe Mama $5. (another new house rule – it’s a heated garage, albeit only to 40 degrees, but I’m not heating the neighborhood! I’ve made some money on this one, you’d think they’d learn.)
Gosh there are so many more, but I tried to pick the ones unique to Marchville. Do any of you need to pat down your 7yo son before they leave the house in the morning to search for contraband? That is quickly becoming another rule.
Are you willing to share and unique to your family rules?