Peaceful homes are usually those in which children obey the rules of the home and respect their parents and each other. But most children don't do this naturally.
Teaching a child obedience and respect is an ongoing process-and one she's more receptive to when her family knows how to laugh and have fun together. Telling jokes and doing fun family activities are good ways to share a few laughs and enjoy each other. So is having a "rule of the day."
- Establish a silly rule that your family must follow for a day. For example, can your family go a whole day without saying the word mom? Or how about making a rule that all meals must be eaten standing up? Try singing everything instead of speaking or addressing family members by their full names or wearing your clothes backward or singing "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" before you sit anywhere and watch the giggles flow!
- You needn't do this every day. Perhaps you'll do it only on weekends, holidays, or when your family is stressed out.
- Have a special treat or family movie night at the end of every "rule" day.