I will not detail the myriad of reasons I felt it necessary to formally draft family rules. You do not want to know about the gnashing of teeth and sharpening of claws that
occasionally all too often takes place in my home. Suffice to say, I was tired of hearing own voice calmly suggest scream "be nice." And besides, my duo is eight now. I thought it high time we graduated beyond the "be nice" stage. It's time to start thinking about how we treat others. Not just our own family, but everyone we encounter in life.
And thus, "Our Family Rules" were born. You see the "be nice" theme throughout. My hope is that by saying it a few different ways it may sink in a bit further. A girl can dream. I will say it has been helpful to simply say: "You are breaking a Family Rule. Tell me which one." They run to the page, prominently displayed in the kitchen, and begin guessing. Of course they are often breaking more than one rule simultaneously so every guess is generally correct.
Maybe this is simply redirection at its best.
Maybe I'm teaching them valuable lessons to last a lifetime.
Or maybe I just wanted to play around with all my fun fonts.
It's anyone's guess.