In our house, we follow these rules. These are not exactly rules though but more of a reminder for the kids and their parents.
Not that the people in the small house have hard-to-teach behaviors, this mother just finds these wall stickers a great idea to constantly remind them to be appreciative of one another.
For this mother, it helps her a lot to deal with her frustration and impatience. When tempted to lose patience with the boys, she reminds herself of the wall decals. She pauses and from there, somehow manages to stop herself from being pissed off. It has always been her intention to avoid hurting any of the boys’ feelings.
She likewise hopes that the boys will be more open and vocal of their feelings– That it is okay to say sorry than let ego swallow them. It is okay to make mistakes because that is how we all learn. That inside the small house, we always give second chances, but one must never repeat the same mistake twice. That we are always open for more hugs, kisses, and fun than being distant, quiet, and rude.
And why stairs of all places? Because as we go up to retire for the night, we are reminded that we are a family. Before we hit the sack, it is better to settle any differences and wouldn’t hurt as well if they kiss their mother good night. And in the morning when the boys go up to change clothes after their bath, they would be again reminded that they have a family to run to and again, a mother who loves to be hugged and kissed before being left at home.
Hope these house reminders will not just be some writings on the wall, but will help the people in the small house be more loving and forgiving.
How about in your abode, do you have some house reminders, too? Would love to hear them, please.