Having a house rule gives parents a shorthand for handling the same small annoyance the same way, every time. Will it stop your kids from fighting over the coveted “fishy cup” or arguing over whose turn it is to set the table? It will not. But it WILL allow you to consistently apply the same judiciary process (and one that feels right to YOU) each time kids start to go at it, which can cut down on a lot of mental gymnastics for mom. The beauty of house rules is that they’re born from necessity and are unique to each family, so in today’s episode we’re including smart ideas from dozens of our community members, all in the pursuit of House Rules For Sibling Harmony. Join us!
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Links we mentioned (or should have) in this episode:
- We mentioned Kendra Adachi, The Lazy Genius, who says wise things about house rules in her book The Lazy Genius Way: Embrace What Matters, Ditch What Doesn’t, and Get Stuff Done
- Other episodes where we talk about raising siblings are collected here
- Join us in our Facebook Group for The Mom Hour Listeners (make sure to answer the questions to be approved!)