Julie Lyles Carr: House Rules

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

House Rules

To keep up with a tribe this big, you've got to have some guidelines.
And we have some.

And I composed them and printed them and taped them on the computer.

But the posting of said rules has had an interesting side effect.

The posted rules themselves have become something of a conversation item for our house guests.

And even my main non-house guest, as in Mike.

He likes to have people read my fridge-posted rules.

So it was suggested that my readers might like to have a gander at The Rules as well. (For full effect, pretend like these are posted on the side of my extremely-old-but-keeps-on-running fridge...)

The Non-Exhaustive Yet Still Enforceable List of Rules as of July 2010…

Obedience is IMMEDIATE, THOROUGH and CHEERFUL…and QUICK. (part of this verbiage of this first rule is borrowed from the Duggars...)

NO wrestling, smacking, slapping, kicking, hitting, tickling, hair pulling, scratching, karate chopping and any other physical aggression word I can’t think of at the moment…

NO Febreeze, Lysol, AirWick, candle touching, spraying, use without permission…

NO tying anything around your sibling.

NO locking each other in closets, bathrooms, bedrooms, pantries or what have you…

NO running, jogging, briskly walking in the house…

NO throwing objects, including Buzz Lightyear, in the house…

NO television or computer without first receiving permission…

NO jumping, bouncing, running or standing or walking on the furniture…

NO complaining…

NO screaming, shouting, verbally sparring, insulting, or any other form of verbal aggression…

NO using household appliances incorrectly, even if someone has asked you to vacuum them…

NO going into Mom and Dad’s bedroom or office without permission…

NO touching ANYTHING on the desk…

NO touching of the thermostat…

DO NOT leave trash on counter or floors…throw your trash away…and while you’re at it, throw away ANY trash you find, whether you have generated that trash or not…

NO grazing in the kitchen, getting out food, eating in general without permission…

NO gratuitous burping…

DO NOT get out other cups to drink out of. Each of you has your own water bottle. If it’s dirty, wash it. Put it in the fridge. If you lose it, there will be a consequence. DO NOT drink out of the faucet.

If you do not put away the materials and appliances you used for a chore correctly, you will be charged if it is a paying job. If it is a ‘because I live here’ chore, you will receive a consequence.

NO lying. NO use of any poor language, including ‘gosh’, ‘darn’, ‘oh my gosh’, ‘frickin’, etc.
School assignments will be accepted and completed with cheer and speed and best effort. ANY negative attitude will result in extra homework.

Depending on the offense, consequences will range from early beds times to grounding of up to five days (and that means from events and media, youth group, practices, games and performances and parties) to having to pay a fine. The consequence is at the discretion of the Tribe Leaders (i.e., Mom and Dad). Any negative behavior at the issuance of a consequence (eye-rolling, heavy sighing, door slamming, back-talking, attitude) will result in further consequence. The interpretation of the behavior is completely at the Tribe Leaders’ discretion.



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