The other day I mentioned our routine. It's great to have some structure in our days, knowing exactly what happens when. The next step for us was firming up what rules should be important to us in our home. Rather than having a list of 'don'ts' that only apply to Zeph, we decided to have 'House Rules' that apply to all of us. They are simple and speak of our values.
Be gentle, kind, loving and obedient.
Use your manners.
Say sorry and forgive.
So far they seen to be working. Zeph knows what they are and understands that when he breaks them there will be consequences. Most negative behaviour we try and manage through removal of the item/ toy that he is using inappropriately but obviously there are times when that is not adequate. To ensure we don't resort to yelling and being completely inconsistent we have outlined the methods of discipline that we feel work for us. Time Out is given for being rough or disobedient and a smack (controversial, I know but we do give the occasional smack around here) for anything that puts him in danger eg. opening the front gates that open onto a busy street.
Do you have house rules in your home?
What methods do you use if the rules are broken?