Many of you know I run a strict household.
By that I mean I had to hang up a list of House Rules for kids a couple years ago to remind my offspring to not glue things directly to the walls, light people on fire (either pretend or for real), or play with knives.
We worked on that list together, and so far it has been pretty effective.
Now that they are 7 and 9 years old, it seems a good time to have them take on the responsibility of adding to the list.
Sure, I recently videotaped myself reading their Rules for Being a Kid and it was…ummm…interesting, dangerous, and expensive. But I’m all about second chances. (Third chances? Whatever. Lots of chances.)
So. Here are my kids’ additions to our House Rules List:
- No stealing.
- No throwing up on people.
- No screaming in someone’s face.
- Don’t draw on the refrigerator.
- Don’t take your pants or underwear off unless you’re using the bathroom. Then you should totally take your pants AND underwear off.
- Don’t peek at anyone using the bathroom. Except yourself.
- Use awesome manners at the dinner table.
- Don’t eat anyone’s head.
- No biting anyone at all.
- Don’t pick your nose.
- Don’t pick anyone else’s nose.
- Always hug your pets, but not too tight around their neck like a strangle.
- Don’t pull the cat’s tail.
- Don’t complain when you’re cleaning up your mess, even if Mom makes you clean someone else’s mess and the mess isn’t your fault and you think it’s not fair Mom is making you clean it up.
- Don’t strangle peoples’ legs when they’re walking because they will fall on their head.
- Don’t do anything to make anyone fall on their head.
- Everything doesn’t have to be a poop joke.
Okay, I admit that I added that last one because IT HAD TO BE SAID. IN WRITING. FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS REASONABLE STOP MAKING EVERYTHING INTO A POOP JOKE.
Have you ever asked your kids to help come up with house rules? If so, what were they? I’d love to hear them.
You can share your rules for being a kid anytime on Facebook with the hashtag #PopsicleRules.
This post was sponsored by Popsicle, but my kids really did make up those rules.
You’re welcome to try them out in your home. Good luck with that.