I’m not a huge fan of rules. I don’t hate them, and I rarely break them unless they are completely stupid and pointless. But I don’t really like them. Some rules are necessary, obviously, but I’m more of the “live and let live” kinda gal.
So it should come as no surprise to anyone that I have not laid down any rules for our little family of three. I just realized (literally while I was typing that last sentence) that Greg and I have been together for 9 years. That’s my longest relationship ever. Huh, I must really love this guy! That’s weird… 😉
But I digress…
Recently, I’ve been getting overwhelmed. “NO!” you say, but sadly, yes. I just can’t do everything. As much as I’d like to think I’m omnipotent and capable of doing everything everyday, I admit… I can’t…
Pause for effect….
So, I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to enlist the help of my team members. Unfortunately, that means coming up with a few rules that everyone in the household must follow. Here’s what I came up with:
- Absolutely NO gaming or watching TV until all your chores have been completed (see chore chart).
- Kitchen must be cleaned before going to bed!!
- If you make a mess, clean it up IMMEDIATELY. This includes the KITCHEN.
- When you are finished eating, IMMEDIATELY put your dishes in the sink (not on a table or the floor).
- If you put a dish in the sink, wash it, dry it and put it away.
- If you say you are bored, or can’t find something to do, I will find a chore for you.
- DO NOT put dirty laundry on the floor; put it in the laundry basket!
- Make your bed when you get up.
- Eat what you are given.
- When you ask for something, use Please and Thank you.
- If you are interrupting someone, say “Excuse Me.”
- Put your current toy away before bringing out a new one.
- You room must be picked up before bed every night.
- Litter boxes must be cleaned DAILY and litter must be changed once a week.
- ABSOLUTELY NO CRYING if you are told no or don’t get what you want.
Surprisingly, I’m the only one who’s actually started following the rules. Weird, I know. So my goal now is to come up with a reward system for following the rules. How do you reward a grown man with ADHD when he follows the rules??
Talk about a dilemma!
So I’d like to ask all of my readers, what rules do you enforce in your home? What rewards to you use to reinforce good behavior? Let me know in the comments below!!