There are so many articles out there telling you what to do and what not to do as a parent. Sometimes it can get very overwhelming, can’t it?
My husband often mocks Pinterest when he’s looking over my shoulder. But he’s right, there are 25 ways to do this, 10 fail-proof ways to raise kind children, 3 must have items for potty training, and on and on the list can go.
When you need ideas and help Pinterest and blogs are the first place we are turning to these days.
But sometimes we need to shut out all the noise.
We need to determine our own family goals which sometimes those goals may line up with the 10 ways to discipline your kids post you saw on Pinterest.
Recently, we started having some very unwanted behavior in our children. I struggled with the “it’s normal boy/brother behavior” or if it was something I needed to nip in the bud. After a few weeks, I knew it wasn’t a behavior that I wanted going on in our home. I then realized that I’m constantly reminding my children of our house rules, so I decided that we needed some wall prints to be visual reminders of what is expected of the little people in our home.
I sat down wrote out all of the behavior that we wanted to see. Focusing on the positive versus the negative is important-this is where the training portion of parenting comes into play.
I picked things that were biblical since our goal is to raise our children to love the Lord with all their heart and glorify Him with their lives.
Rules that produce godliness breed character in our children.
We want our children to know that they just don’t answer to us, but the Lord. So they should always be obedient, even if we can’t see them. (Why is that they think we can’t hear their fighting in another room? Anyone else have kids that think they are getting away with rudeness or bickering when they think you aren’t around?)
I wrote out Scripture verses that went along with the expected behavior to teach our children that we ultimately answer to God and our rules come from His Word.
Underneath the kindness rule, I felt they needed a little bit more of a reminder of which behaviors were considered breaking the rule. I’m pretty sure those tricky kids are always trying to find a way around the rule! Well, it’s harder when it’s on the wall in your face, amen?!
I placed one at the top of the stairs going up so it’s the first thing they see when they get to the top. Then I put one up in the kitchen/dining room by the kitchen table-always a hot spot in any home.
Having the family rules visual helps children know what expected of them and they won’t be wondering if they are breaking a rule or if you are going to blow up over anything they do.
Visible rules keep both the parent and children accountable.
I encourage you to get yours printed and put up!
I added our family rules below but like I said, sometimes there’s too much noise and you need to determine what’s important to your family and what will work for you. Maybe ours will be a perfect match for you, maybe they won’t. But I still encourage to get some family rules in place that will produce godliness in your children.
Simply click the image, right click and save or print immediately.
Your turn! Do you have family rules? What are you focusing on? Are they visible for your children? Let’s chat in the comments below!
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