- Don't be lame
After our family brainstorm, Mark and I had a parental confab and created, ta da!, these six family rules, which we unveiled last night.
1. Be Golden
This is the new version of "Don't be lame." Other contenders were "Be considerate," "Be kind," "Be courteous, and "Be respectful." We like "Be Golden" because it evokes the Golden Rule. (And because it reminds us of Juno saying to Bleeker, "You're golden, man.")
So all day long, I've been telling kids, "Be golden," or "How could you be more golden right now?" Earlier, I caught Levi red-handed and he looked at me sheepishly and said, "That wasn't golden."
2. Be a good steward
This addresses taking care of things and all the rules about picking up your stuff and not stomping on library books.
3. Do you part
This addresses work and the concept that family members should step forward to do all they can rather than waiting for someone else to do it. Logan likes to call it, "Pull your weight."
4. Be safe
This covers all the rules about seatbelts, door locks, and permissions.
5. Be honest
I guess this could go under Be Golden, but we thought we needed a whole rule for this.
6. Obey your parents
Why do we even need this rule? Well, we do. A certain someone just justified his excessive arguing with the claim that he reserves the right to lobby against unfair decisions from his parents. "Dude," I said. "Rule 6."
Additional detail you'll find lame unless you're a full-time practitioner of hooligan management:
It would have been cool to boil things down to even fewer rules, but we also wanted rules that were clear and concrete. We found that fewer rules meant vaguer rules, like "Be righteous," which covers pretty much everything but wouldn't pinpoint the issue of the moment.
Many thanks to those who have donated to Roscoe's Eagle Project. (He's supposed to be sending you thank you notes.) He still needs more than $50, even with all the money he's earned through extra chores for Mom and Dad, so please float him a few if you can.