My House Rules From 3 years ago
I was getting sick of SD's behavior. When she acted out she would make a huge public display and then race to make sure she talked to dad with her lies before I got a chance to talk to him about it. He doesn't like to be bothered at work because it makes a hard job for him even harder and can't carry his phone on him most of the time but he checks it. I would be willing to wait to talk to him after he got home but she would take advantage of this and call him over and over until he would eventually answer. It felt ridiculous and infuriating when he would get mad at me! When those incidents would happen I would be so mad and SD would actually be skipping and humming to herself around the house with a huge weird smile. I had to do something. I needed some rules if she was to be left with me while he worked. I needed rules that no sane person could argue as being ridiculous or out of line. They also had to keep DH in line a bit so to speak. I don't know of a better way to say that right now without sounding like a control freak. It's not my intention. I just wanted to protect myself. Here's the house rules I came up with.
- No intimidating other by yelling at them.
- Taking a walk to “cool off” is encouraged if it's needed but it's confined to property and down ----- Avenue. The original issue still has to be dealt with upon return.
- No tattling – Yes reporting
Tattling is trying to get someone in trouble
Reporting is telling someone about a dangerous or abusive situation that is happening or going to happen and needs to be handled by an adult to stop it.
- I will not be tattled on
If I am being dangerous or abusive then the victim, another adult, or anyone else needs to immediately call 911, the police, and/or Child Protective Services.
- No stealing from anywhere.
- I will be asked and updated about plans away from house and updated when plans change.
- No physically hurting others.
Stop if asked or if the other person is in pain.
- I will not be told “No” unless I am being abusive in which case the one I am abusing, another adult, or anyone else needs to immediately call 911, the police, and/or Child Protective Services.
Consequences by loss of privileges for a specified amount of time if these rules/expectations are not followed.
No exceptions to these rules. "
I later added the phone numbers for the police and CPS.
I wanted both of them made clear that if I'm not abusing someone emotionally or physically then it doesn't make sense to come after me like I have and if I am then the authorities should be involved. Almost all of the rules I thought couldn't be argued as being unreasonable. I showed the list to him first and asked him if he wanted to add anything or make any changes. He said he didn't and showed her the list telling her it had to be followed. She freaked out! She said how could she follow it when she didn't even understand the words. She was a 12 year old straight A student. She understood them but she claimed it was too confusing and doesn't want any rules. Said it's too hard to follow rules. He did get it through to her that they had to be followed. Then she didn't come over or contact him for 2 months. She was punishing him. I told DH I was sorry she was doing this to him but the rules will still be here whenever she decides to come back. Over time she just got more sneaky to get around these rules. At least they worked for a couple of years pretty good.