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-No TV during meals, particularly dinner. I'm a bit more relaxed with breakfast & lunch if it's just the kids and I home, but even then I prefer just music playing from the radio tv channels.
-Saying 'sorry' after timeouts or doing something naughty.
-No yelling inside the house.
-Toys from activity #1 must be put away before starting activity #2.
Not sure what else at the moment.
Julia - Mommy to 3 sweet kids Natasha - 6.5 Veronika - 5 and Sebastian - 17 months
A few of ours...
- clean up after yourself
- 40 minutes of computer time per day (not including Reid)
- younger ones must ask before they go outside to play
- no rough housing/yelling in the house
- no screaming. Not even outside. I am firm on this one because there are always people besides our family on the yard and I don't want anyone to come running if my kids scream for no reason. Also this way if I do hear screaming, I know it's legitimate!
- chores and school must be done before play
Mom to 4 boys and 1 girl
I'm a little crazy about meal time, but I feel like meal time is really the core of the family, so it's important that it is pleasant and respectful. We have certain rules, like no yelling, saying please and thank you, cleaning your mess when you're done, staying at the table until we are all finished, etc.
Right now I think the biggest rule we have is to share nicely... I'm hoping I'll get through to them one day.
Mommy to Charly (4), Peyton (2) and Oliver 8/25/12.
Nah, we don't have any rules. It's just a free-for-all. LOL J/K.
-Put away toys when you are done.
-No means no, don't ask again (just had to remind my niece that I am babysitting for part of the summer about that one.)
-Brush your teeth for at least 3 minutes in the morning and before bed (we have a timer on the ipad).
-No snacks after 4:30 (my niece hates this rule, but I do it so kids don't ruin their appetite for dinner.)
-Certain words such as shut-up, idiot, stupid, etc. are not allowed.
I have others but those are a few off the top of my head.
It seems like we do a combination of all of the above.
One of the things I constantly have to remind the girls to do is put their shoes away.
We don't normally wear them in the house. We have an entry table with baskets-that is where shoes belong....not all over the house.
Also, the office/computer are off limits. Ellie can play certain games but other than that they the office (and it's belongings) are not to be bothered.
We do a majority of those as well. No tv during dinner, clean up after yourself, etc. She has to put her plate in the sink and wash her own hands now too. I also have the no screaming rule. I do this because my ears are sensitive, and it falls under the whole boy who cried wolf mentality. If she is screaming then I know something is really wrong. The biggest one that I have to remind her of is no whining and saying excuse me. She loves to just barge in on a conversation! The whining is driving me insane.