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Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Our House Rules

1. Be Kind
Ephesians 4:32
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

2. Obey the first time.
Ephesians 6:1-3
1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2"Honor your father and mother"—which is the first commandment with a promise— 3"that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth."

3. Be Happy, Speak only of good things.
Psalms 34:1-3
1 I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.
2 My soul will boast in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
3 Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together.

4. Never lie. Always tell the truth.
Proverbs 12:22
The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful.

5. Treat others how you want to be treated.
Matthew 7:12
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

6. Do not whine or complain.
Phil 2:14
Do everything without complaining or arguing

7. The first answer is the answer; do not nag.
Ephesians 6:1-3 (see above)

8. Show respect to adults. (May I? Please, Thank you)
1 Timothy 3:4
He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect.

9. Share your toys.
2 Corinthians 9:11
You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

Deuteronomy 15:11
There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land.

10. Always do your best.
2 Corinthians 13:11
Finally, brothers, good-by. Aim for perfection, listen to my appeal, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.

We used these for memorization and copywork until Camille was able to tell me what each rule is. I didn't require her to memorize the scriptures yet because some of them are long. This has been very effective in our home. The only rule I've been thinking of adding is Nobody is having fun if everybody isn't having fun. I have to work on that because the grammar isn't correct.

Rules for Mamma
1. Say what you mean and mean what you say
2. Keep your promises
3. Keep your expectations in check
4. Walk away when frustrated and collect yourself before responding
5. Make sure discipline/punishment fits the "crime"
6. Drink coffee, eat chocolate daily



Anonymous said...

Thanks for these. I recently made a household management notebook, and added a section called rules. I had no idea what exactly i was going to put there. I knew it needed to be Scripture based, though. This gets the ideas flowing.

Becky LaMere said...

I think these are wonderful!!


ThoughtfulMom said...

You have handy rules! I'm going to borrow your list and modify it for our household. We'll definately be keep that very last rule. Mommy must have coffee and chocolate at least once daily.

Thanks for the bloglines suggestion - I set it up and I love it. :)

I'd better get my sweet baby down for his nap. Oh my! He just crawled out of his pants!

Amydeanne said...

I need to copy and print that out! it's great!

~JavaMama~ said...

Those look great Jessica!!

Sandie said...

Hi Jessica, I have just recently started moving to blogspot too. I would like to link your site. I will also be following the Iliad discussion, even if I don't post. It is good to be back in touch!


Stacy (Aussie in America) said...

Thanks for visiting me!
I like your rules a lot. It is so nice to have them linked to scripture.
Hope you are having a great week.
I have been missing you :)
Aussie in America

Amy Beth said...

Thank you for sharing these! They are exactly what I've been looking for.

dna said...

Love your house rules! They are great for the sake of CONSISTENCY forthe kids.
I wanted to share what we have been using to help us be consistent also. Doorposts ( has nice charts that you can fill in your own consequence/reward for certain actions from the kids in the 'Blessings' chart and the 'If/Then' chart. This way our kids know that if they disobey, the punishment will be the same every time and when they use gracious, kind speach (i.e.), the reward will also be the same. We also like the "Brother-Offended Checklist" which helps us keep sibling fighting in check according to scriptures, so we don't end up just playing referree as the parents. Hope you have a chance to look at this on the web!

Andrea C.

Karen said...

Oh WOW! I love it. I've always wanted a list of house rules with scripture to back it up and I just haven't gotten around to it. I think it's high time I get to work. Again I'm totally inspired. Thanks

The Martin Family said...

I know this is an old post of yours, but I found it in a Google search when I was looking for some inspiration for OUR house rules. I have a 5 yr old and 3 yr old, and these are perfect! Thanks for taking the time to post. I'm so glad your list came up I'm off to write them on poster board. Thanks again!

Grace said...

I know this is an OLD post but I just found in a desparate search of where to start in making a house rules list for my 6 and 4 year old. I wish I had started this sooner. I appreciate the time an effort you put into this. It is so helpful. God Bless you and your family

Sarah said...

Thanks for this post. My husband is in Afghanistan and I feel like I'm completely losing control over my home. I know God is supposed to be in control, not me, but as the one who is supposed to guide them in His ways, I'm just overran. This is exactly what I was looking for to help take back the guidance role so He can start to take control.