I get a lot of questions about how I manage 5 kids and what our house rules are.
To be honest-- I really don't have any set house rules. Most of our 'rules' center around being kind and making safe choices.
To that end, I do not feel it is necessary to make rules.
If we respond with kindness and love what more can I ask? If we make safe choices what more can I ask?
My job is to model that. To respond to them with kindness and understanding and to make choices to keep myself safe.
If I am going to be entirely honest, I screw this up all.the.time. I get frustrated. I get exasperated. I get tired. I get snappy. Then I apologize. I hope and pray that in doing so my kids will learn that kindness is our goal, but even mothers are people- and people make mistakes.
Forgiveness is also part of the deal- they make mistakes, I forgive them. I make mistakes, I ask for forgiveness.
How much better would our world be if we focused on being kind? To others- family members, friends, or strangers. Be kind.