I’ve been wanting to share this with y’all for a few weeks now.. and since I’ve been a little too busy for long-winded posts I thought I’d take the opportunity to just share this real quick. ; )
Last month I decided I wanted to type up some family rules and frame them on the wall. Yes, I wanted something nice to look at, but I wanted rules that really reflect our standards for our family, that I could really use to direct our kids to, to remind them of, to point them to when NEED that reminder. I put a lot of thought into it and this is what I came up with:
The rules, in case you can’t see the picture, say:
Love God more.
Always tell the truth.
Think of others before you think of yourself.
Do it right the first time.
Think lovely thoughts.
Don’t argue with Mom and Dad.
Love each other.
Listen without interrupting.
Use your manners.
Do everything without complaining.
Say your prayers.
If you think about it just a little bit you can recognize all of the bible verses behind those. We have some of them memorized already and I intend to add the rest to our memory verse box soon.
As far as USING them goes? How is that doing? It’s going… Sometimes I forget they’re there but I am starting to remember more often and direct the kids to them more often and I think that as I keep practicing that we’ll get to the point where this standard for our home is referred to quite frequently, as well as the verses that support them. In the meantime, it felt good just to lay it out and black and white and tell the kids “this is where we’re setting the bar.” It’s a good place to start. =)