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Family Rules


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Household rules let everyone in the family know how khổng lồ behave. They help family members achieve a balance between getting what they want and respecting the needs of others. They can also help children và teenagers feel safe and secure.Family rules: the basicsFamily rules are positive statements about how your family wants to look after & treat its members. Rules can help everyone in your family get along better, và make family life more peaceful.When rules are clear, they help:

children và teenagers learn where the limits are, và what’s expected of themadults be consistent in the way they treat children & teenagers.

Who lớn involve in making rulesIt’s important to involve all members of the family as much as possible when developing family rules.Children as young as three can help you make the rules và talk about why your family needs them.As children get older, they can take a bigger part in deciding what the rules should be, as well as the consequences for breaking them. Pre-teens and teenagers get a lot of good out of being involved in making rules, because it gives them the chance to lớn take responsibility for their own behaviour.Involving your child in creating both the family rules và the consequences for breaking them helps her understand và accept them.What to make rules aboutChoose the most important things to make rules about – for example, a rule about not physically hurting each other would be a must for most families.You might also develop rules about safety, manners, politeness, daily routines và respect for each other.Every family’s rules will be different. The standards you create will be influenced by your beliefs, values, your situation and your child’s maturity and needs.Kinds of rulesRules come in different shapes và sizes. But all good rules have something in common: they are specific & easy to understand.‘Do’ rules‘Do’ rules are good teaching tools, and they’re best in most situations because they guide your child’s behaviour in a positive way. Here are some examples:

Sit down khổng lồ eatSpeak in a polite voiceWear your seatbelt in the carBe gentle with each otherBe trang chủ by curfew

It’s best to have more ‘do’ than ‘don’t’ rules.

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‘Don’t’ rules 

Use ‘don’t’ rules when it’s difficult lớn explain exactly what to bởi instead. Here are some examples:

Don’t spitDon’t ask for things in the supermarketDon’t get in a oto with a P-plater or any other driver who has been drinking

Ground rulesThese are rules that apply everywhere, no matter what. Some ground rules might apply khổng lồ the whole family, whereas others might apply just to younger children or lớn teenagers. Rules about being polite và not hurting each other are examples of ground rules.Situation rulesSometimes it can help to lớn have a short mix of rules for specific situations. For example, you might have rules for:

travelling in the carvisiting another person’s houseusing the computergoing shopping.

A few clear and specific rules usually work better than a long list, especially for younger children. As children get older & more mature, the rules can ‘grow’ along with them. If your child tends khổng lồ break the rules, you might need to lớn choose your battles và focus on basic issues like safety & fairness.How khổng lồ develop rulesChildren và teenagers like to be involved in the rule-making process.Taking part in discussions about rules won’t necessarily stop young people from breaking them. But it will help them understand what the rules are và why they’re needed.Many families find it helps to write down a mix of rules about how family members are expected lớn behave. Writing them down makes them clear, và can also prevent arguments about what is or isn’t allowed. Sticking the rules on the fridge, or in another prominent spot, can help younger children be aware of them.Written rules are also helpful for teenagers. For children of this age, instead of making the rules public by sticking them on the fridge, it’s a good idea to keep them somewhere a little more private that’s still handy for when you need khổng lồ refer to them.For younger children, consider drawing pictures or putting together images from the internet that show the rules. Then put the pictures up in a place everyone can see them. If you involve children in drawing or colouring the poster, it gives you a chance to discuss the rules with them.When lớn start making rulesYou can start making simple rules as soon as your child has the language skills lớn understand them. This is part of teaching your child what you expect.Young children will need support and reminders khổng lồ follow rules, because they’re likely to forget or ignore rules. This is especially important with safety rules lượt thích ‘Stay away from the stove’ và ‘Never touch the matches’.Some children with special needs might also need help to understand và remember rules.All children are different, but it might be middle lớn late primary school age before you can start relying on them to follow rules without your help in most situations.Clear rules & boundaries will help to lớn give your teenage child a sense of security và let her know where she stands. This is especially important during adolescence, when so many other things in your child’s life are changing.

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Teenagers & rulesThe teenage years present a new challenge. At this stage, young people might push for more autonomy và independence. This can sometimes involve challenging the family rules, especially if your child feels torn between your family’s rules và his friends’ expectations.But rules are just as important for teenagers as they are for younger children, and it’s never too late lớn create or reinforce them. Involving your teenage child in creating family rules can help her feel that you listen khổng lồ her & she can contribute. She’ll also be more likely to see you as fair and stick to lớn the agreed rules.Rules about safe behaviour are likely khổng lồ help you and your child. These might include rules about alcohol use, sex, dating và curfews. Some families negotiate and sign safety contracts. A safety contract is a written agreement that outlines the rules – for example, ‘Text when you’re using public transport at night’ or ‘Talk khổng lồ a trusted adult if someone sends you a pornographic image’.Be willing to lớn discuss và adjust rules as your child gets older – for example, by extending your child’s curfew.