Posts Tagged ‘children’

I’ve had several ask about how the new Barrington family rules were going that I blogged about here.  I’ll let Kelly speak for herself, but it seems that we may be making some small progress in areas. 

 But, we are also doing quite well in regards to preparing for a good night out to eat thanks to our kids’ misbehavior 🙂 .  Last night we counted the jar.  I think we are up to $13 or something. 

 The only problem is that each infraction is $.25.  And in the jar we found a nickel and a dime.  So, one of our kids either 1) doesn’t know what a quarter looks like…which we highly doubt; or 2) we have a kid who is so ingenious they have found the loophole in our system…mom and dad aren’t checking what coin drops in the jar!


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:


  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.


 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.


 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 🙂