Archive for July 2, 2008

Kelly and I had a family meeting last night to introduce a new disciplinary code for our three children.  We have introduced them to:  1) the rules/codes; 2) the allowance; 3) the consequences of breaking the rules…which includes the “Mom & Dad going out to eat Jar.”  I typed up and handed out to each of my kids the following for them to memorize and tape to their bedroom wall:

HOUSE CODES

  1. If you turn it on, you must turn it off  (e.g., lights, T.V., PlayStation, Wii, etc.).
  2. If you get it out, put it back (e.g., toys, clothes, food, dishes, etc.).
  3. You shall not be unkind to your brother(s) or sister verbally or physically.
  4. You are entitled to one request and one rebuttal/response. After that you must stop asking.
  5. There will be no negativity/whining/complaining.
  6. Only dirty clothes go into the dirty clothes hamper.
  7. Do not talk back or be disrespectful to your parents.
  8. Do your chores.

 ALLOWANCE

 Each of you will get a base allowance of $2.00 per week.  In addition, you will receive $.25 per each year of your life.  That would mean each week you would receive the following:

  •            Isaac:  $2.00 + $3.00 = $5.00
  •           Caleb: $2.00 + $2.00 = $4.00
  •           Alex:   $2.00 + $1.50 = $3.50

 With this money, we expect you to tithe (10%), save a portion (we recommend another 10%), and have available at all times at least $2.00 in your account.

 WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU BREAK A HOUSE CODE?

 When you break one of the house codes, you must put $.25 in the “Mom & Dad’s Going Out to Eat” jar. 

 Because this is new, in the month of July you will receive ONE warning prior to being penalized.  Beginning August 1st, you will no longer be given any warnings and you will be charged $.25 per infraction.

So…Kelly and I are geared up and ready.  I just hope Caleb won’t have to go to the bank or Check N’ to Cash to get a small business loan 🙂

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