Today’s busy family schedules can make a household hectic and feel like things can get a little crazy. There’s dishes to wash, laundry to fold, garbage to take out, and even pets to care for. It is important that we take time to sit down with our children and develop some house rules in order to help make our home life run a little bit smoother. Sitting down with our children and discussing what rules we should include can help bridge the communication gap with which many families seem to struggle.
Having your children be involved in the rule making process and being as clear as possible about consequences for broken house rules can help minimize disruptive behaviors and action. Parents should limit the number of house rules to make it easier for the children to follow. Be sure that each family member clearly understands the rules and discuss the responsibilities each of you may have. Your children should be able to help with chores that are age appropriate for them. Our families are a team and when everyone works together, it helps keep the house in good working order!
Here are some additional ideas on what chores are age appropriate and how to make them fun.