Understanding Family Rules The goal of today’s session is to understand why families have rules, and to understand that not all families have the same rules. In addition, we are also going to discuss different rules that are important for parents to have for their teens. Finally, we are going to try and understand why our parents have the different rules that they do. Rules: What Are They? In general, what are rules? A guide for appropriate behaviors. Rules can be found in the family, at school, at work, and in society. In general, why are rules important? To keep people safe They explain how things should be conducted They teach us responsibility. Rules In The Family Rules for younger children Rules for younger teens Rules for older teens Different Families Have Different Rules Families are diverse in their rule making. Depending on the needs of the family and the children within the family, rules will change accordingly. Diverse families have different rules. Families are diverse (for example, one parent vs. two parent vs. grandparent) and create different rules for their family. Families of different race/ethnicities may have different rules based on cultural values and traditions. Different Families Have Different Rules Cont. Why might families be different in this respect? Rules are based on the needs of the family and the responsibility level of the children/teens. Disagreeing With A Rule What can you do if you disagree with a rule? Discuss calmly and appropriately with your parents. Remember to listen to their point of view. Try to work out a compromise. Accept the rule, if it is not changed. It is now time to engage in the Activities Wrap-Up What was the importance of today’s session? Families have rules to protect their children and are based on the needs of the family. Family rules may change as the children get older or may be dependant on the responsibility level of the child/teen. Different families have different rules. What have you learned today and how can this be applied in your own home?
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