Family Rules

I’ve been on a bit of an organizing and (re) decoration kick lately, in anticipation of the upcoming holidays and the possibility that someone I’m not related to might visit my house. We live in a typical east-end semi detached house: not huge, but with long hallways just begging to be covered in photos or art.  I’ve been perusing my local Home Sense on a regular basis, looking for cheap and cheerful prints. One trend that I’ve spotted, which I’m sure is just about played out, is those “Family Rules” prints that seem to be everywhere. You’ve probably seen them too: usually printed subway roll style, they list those rules that every family has whether they declare them on canvas or not. Here’s one from the Etsy store Chestnut and Lime:

Cute, right? The best part of these, of course, is that when someone’s not being patient, grateful or forgiving (for example), your kids can just point to the sign and say “Mom, you have to forgive us! It’s the rules!” and there won’t be a darn thing you can do about it.

I keep thinking, though, that I really would need one that outlines OUR rules. I mean, my kids know all about sharing (that’s why they went to daycare) and doing their best (about which I reminded Second Child about eight times between 4:33 pm and 4: 57 pm yesterday). I need a sign that repeats the most frequently repeated rules in our house:

Dirty dishes go in the dishwasher

You don’t need it, you want it. There’s a difference.

The sour gummies belong to Mom

Flush the toilet. PLEASE!

Soap and water are good things. Especially when you use them on your hands (see rule #4)

Socks do NOT live in the Living Room.

Yes, you can always have more broccoli

Snuggling is not optional

And the most important rule?

Love each other. That’s all that matters.

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2 thoughts on “Family Rules

  1. This is brilliant! I should do one for my house:
    Keep your hands to yourself
    Laundry belongs in the hamper!
    It’s amazing when you put something away in it’s home, you’ll always find there
    Dishes don’t walk themselves to the dishwasher
    Even though we have an industrial stove, don’t let it fool you – this ain’t a restaurant

  2. I love this! So clever and hilarious. I need one for my husband too – it would read. 1. Dirty Clothes go IN the laundry basket not on top (come on, how hard is it to lift the lid?) and wet towels do NOT go on the bed. Ever. What kind of example is he setting for the kids? And here, I thought I’d never be one of those moms/wives that complained about all of that stereotypical stuff!

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