Ruling the Roost
How Rules Work
[Cartoon: Family at dinner]

Rules are often thought of as related to punishment, but they work best when viewed as a way to guide the growth of your children. Rules can provide your children a healthy, safe, socially acceptable way of interacting within their family.

Proactive rules are used to prevent problems, such as:[Cartoon: Victor taking off shoes]

Reactive rules are made to deal with problems as they arise, such as:

[Cartoon: Gabriel riding bike with helmet]There are two phases to using rules:

1. Establishing the rule
2. Enforcing the rule


When establishing rules:

[Cartoon: Mom and dad, "OK, now we agree on how to handle swearing."]When enforcing rules:

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