The House Rules are rules that children must follow. If a rule is broken, then the parent(s) must enforce a consequence, such as time out or loss of privileges.
House Rules are among the first things Jo implements when she begins teaching.
- Decide on ten realistic rules which you, your child(ren) and co-parent agree you can stick to.
- Write the rules out and stick them on your fridge for all to see, near the Reward Chart . Use pictures or symbols for younger children. Try to write your expectations in a positive way where possible, for example, 'everyone must speak politely' instead of 'no swearing'; and 'put toys in box at the end of the day' instead of 'don’t make a mess'.
- Refer to these rules when you’re going about your daily routine, and remember to praise your children when they do follow the House Rules.
- Be consistent, if you change the rules your child may feel cheated and break them.
- If a rule is broken, remind your child what it is - “remember, ‘no swearing’ is one of our house rules”, or you might consider some form of discipline, for example the Naughty Step technique.