Boundaries are commonly considered to be one of the best ways to help children grow into thoughtful, emotionally resilient adults. House rules can also help improve family life and makes the consequences of any bad behaviour fully transparent.

Ways to introduce your house rules mindfully –

1. Way of life
Safety, manners, daily routines and respect for each other and each other’s property are good starting points and help children understand that rules are a part of life.

2. Involve the family
Allowing children to help set and review house rules that work and are flexible can be key to creating a happy home. Being a good role model is obviously at the root of setting rules for happy living.

3. Keep talking
Maintaining house rules is easier if parents communicate clearly with children when they have broken the rules and offer them another chance to succeed. Review the family rules to check how they’re working. Discuss consequences as a family so everyone understands them.

4. Starting points
Examples of household boundaries include no toys at the table or television playing, dirty clothes popped into the washing basket and no screaming or running indoors.

5. Team work
Extending boundaries from children out to the whole family can help to build a greater sense of community and make it easier for adults to lead by example.

6. Positive benefits
Only introduce house rules which are there for good reason, such as completing homework in time for school, or to benefit your family such as tidying up after yourself.

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