House Rule #302

So here’s the thing, I’m a mom who’s really big on rules. From the time the kids were little, I had lots of house rules which I drummed into their poor li’l heads.

My rules started when they were 1 or 2, yeah, old enough to understand simple logic if I explain it slowly to them. Rules like no sticking your finger in there (pointing at the wall plug sockets), no playing with knives and matches, always hold mommy’s hand when we’re out and stay where I can see you.

When they were older, we had the one about remembering to greet and say ‘hello’ people to friends and family we meet. Then the one about respecting other people’s property like not touching or using their things without permission. If it’s one thing that really irritates me, it’s when kids start running all over people’s homes, upstairs and downstairs, and playing with their things.

These days, the rules (I think we should be somewhere around #302 by now 😯 ) are more like advice and reminders. The biggie is Facebook, not something I necessarily approve of. To me, nothing on the internet is ever private no matter what they tell ya. And never mind what settings the radio deejay tells you to click to make things private. ’nuff said!

But I have to be realistic here and expect that, well, peer pressure may occasionally triumph over Mom’s warnings. So House Rule #302 says they’re not to post their real names, pictures or private stuff about themselves. Now let me see, what’s House Rule #303?

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  • PJ

    I’m definitely a rules mom! My son is two so ours are watered down, but he knows them. Hold hands to cross the street. No kicking, no screaming, no yelling, okay? (he added the okay for effect). Stay close. Things like that. I’m glad I’m not the only one :o)

  • Sofia

    I definitely have rules in the house. Which sometimes drive my husband crazy. One I am really adamant about is no food upstairs, at all…rinsing milk glasses, no socks laying around the house…and I could go on and on. Still, my boys are 2 y/o and 8 m/o so they are watered down, like PJ said.


  • jennifer

    I don’t have kids yet, but I am seriously going to be a rules mom. And I fully agree with you on the internet thing, tho I am guilty of posting pics of myself. i’m an adult tho.

  • Cari S.

    We are big on rules too! My MIL thinks we are too strict and that we aren’t allowing her to “be a kid.” It’s suck a crock really. lol My daughter is a good kid because she has well established rules at home and is very well behaved because of it. We allow her to have fun, make messes, and other things…but we really believe that having rules and sticking to them are the best way to bring our children. So, far it’s working out well!

  • mommy to chumsy

    ahhh…rules are good. my family calls me the military mom because i set a lot of rules for my kiddo. you gotta have rules if you want to bring up well-mannered and good kids huh?

  • kristin

    Hmmm . . . it’s been a long time since I’ve even thought about this one but . . . no music or books at the dinner table, no TV or video games until homework is done, you can’t eat until the pets are fed and cared for, make your bed before you leave for school, no TV in the bedrooms only in the family room, no texting after 10pm . . .

    I don’t know if I can remember all 303 but I’m sure we had them 🙂