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Family Rules Definition Exercise

Use this work sheet to begin your exploration of your potential family rules. Try to phrase your rules in the positive, rather than in the negative. “Eat only in the kitchen” means the same thing as “No eating in any room with a rug,” but it tends to be more effective.

Household responsibility and participation.

Rules?:

____________________________________

Mealtimes.

Rules?:

____________________________________

Snacking.

Rules?:

____________________________________

Other food concerns.

Rules?:

____________________________________

Privacy.

Rules?:

____________________________________

Language.

Rules?:

____________________________________

TV and video games.

Rules?:

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Homework.

Rules?:

____________________________________

Other school issues.

Rules?:

____________________________________

Indoor physical activity.

Rules?:

____________________________________

Extracurricular activities.

Rules?:

____________________________________

Sibling behavior.

Rules?:

____________________________________

Forbidden activities.

Rules?:

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Telephone.

Rules?:

____________________________________

Computer and Internet use.

Rules?:

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Reading.

Rules?:

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Pets and pet care.

Rules?:

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Allowance.

Rules?:

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Earnings.

Rules?:

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Savings.

Rules?:

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Family functions.

Rules?:

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Guests.

Rules?:

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Permissions.

Rules?:

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Modesty.

Rules?:

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Car.

Rules?:

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Smoking.

Rules?:

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Drinking and other drugs.

Rules?:

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Curfew.

Rules?:

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Dating.

Rules?:

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Sexual activity.

Rules?:

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Religion and religious practices.

Rules?:

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Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to a Well-Behaved Child © 1999 by Ericka Lutz. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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