I like simple. Simple is good. Simple is easy. Simple allows you to focus on the important things in life. Our house rules are very simple. We only have six.
The Woods Family House Rules~
1. Treat EVERY-one the way YOU want to be treated. Even a small child can understand this. All you have to ask them is “How would you feel , if? ” Your toy was taken , or someone pushed you? We first learn by the example we have set before us. We learn to interact based on the way we are interacted with by others. This is the most important rule, hence it’s status as number one. If we filter everything we say, do, think and feel about others , based on what we ourselves would like, there will be a lot less strife, and turmoil. If we ask ourselves, “Would I want someone to say that to me?” , and the answer is no, then we shouldn’t say it!
2. If you dirty it up , you clean it up. We have to learn that when we grow up , keeping our own areas clean is a great habit to have. We all live healthier when we live clean.
3. If you take it out , you put it away. We also need to learn that when we keep our stuff in a specific place we are more likely to know where it is when we need it.
4. If it’s hungry , feed it. Our animal friends and even our children need food for nourishment and to grow the way God has planned. We can also be spiritually hungry and need to fed in this way also.
5. If it’s thirsty , water it. Animals and pets depend on us to make sure they have clean water. They can not run to the store and get bottled. When we take on the responsibility of a pet, or of another human being, we have to be diligent in making sure they do not get thirsty. We also have to remember to teach our children that our inner selves can become thirsty too!
6 If it cries , love it. This is almost as important as number one. All people need love. From the smallest to the greatest. Even the most hardened soul has a part somewhere that longs to be loved , accepted , cared for , for the person we are now, and not the person we are going to be. Love is so powerful! And compassion! These two MUST go hand in hand.
So there you have it. Those are the rules I kept posted for the boys when they were little. Six simple little things that even the tiniest kid can understand. I am happy to say that my boys have taken most of these to heart. We still have to work at it, but they understand the principles behind the ideas. See, I always knew when they were little that this was the kind of people I wanted them to be. Not the smartest. Not the most successful in business. Not the ones with the biggest car or house. I wanted my boys to know true success is being known as a man of honor, of empathy, of kindness and dare I even say it, of grace. If they can become those kinds of men, maybe I will have accomplished a not-so -simple task after all.