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The Original 21 Rules of This House Paperback – December, 1993

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 50 pages
  • Publisher: Noble Pub Assoc/Noble Books (December 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0923463887
  • ISBN-13: 978-0923463885
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.5 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The rules in this set are based on biblical values. Although each rule is strongly biblically based, the author has chosen to allow each family to choose their own verse to include with each rule. Each rule set has its own small poster and a comical picture (drawn by the author's son) which children can color. This set is excellent! We have used it in our homeschooling curriculum with very young children, and it has proven to be a wonderful addition. I strongly recommend that every family utilize this set!
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My family has really benefited from this book. It's simple and straight forward. The younger ones enjoyed coloring. The rules are easy to discuss and fun, too.

It's easy for the adults to refer back to the "rules" and reinforce them when situations occur.
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The 21 rules have been great. They're well stated and easy to remember. All we have to do is ask the kids (ages 6, 7, 9 and 11) 'What is rules #--?' based on the situation at hand and they are happy and proud they know the answer which seems to add the positive reinforcement aspect to correction. The repetition is great as children need LOTS of repetition when learning...'member reciting all those multiplication tables and spelling rules? Several of the rules are laid out, 'when you (do this) then you (do that)' The simple format gives a rhythmic sequence to follow making it a little easier for the kids to remember as well. Excellent product

As far as anyone being concerned as to a child's ability to memorize 21 short phrases...sit and listen to them as they quote whole scenes from movies or ramble off verse after verse of their favorite song. Memorization is also a skill we must develop if we are to improve. This is a great starting point for working on memorization with very young children.

I also suggest making LOTS of copies of the coloring pages...they color 'em over and over again and the more they look at those, the more it sinks in, even when they don't realize they're 'learning' anything just like coloring the same map over and over (repetition) it's also how my 6 year old son learned the names and locations of most of our great states. The coloring pictures they colored as we first went through the rules, we bound into booklets the younger kids are proud of and enjoy looking through.
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First the positive. This is a great idea. I particularly like the pictures that you can color while you discuss the rule. The rules are also stated in a positive manner.

However, like another reviewer I would like to state that these rules are cumbersome and reptitive. Turn off what you turn on, shut what you open etc.

These have been used in our home and will be used in the future as my younger children grow up. They are used as discussion items for what the rules in our home are right now. Be obedient to your parents, don't create extra work for others, be respectful. These are some of our own family rules. And we use the coloring pages and 21 rules as examples of what we expect.

I would probably not pay the money for this book again. However, having it in our home is not a mistake and it has lent itself to our own home rules.
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I ws suprised to find that this book is mostly a coloring book and alittle toward the religious side, HOWEVER, the change that I've seen take place in my family re incredible. My kids are 6 and 8 and these rules are a perfect guideline to better behaviour.
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The premise is good, but this kit is not very impressive. I want my children to learn to honor God and others, so rules like, "When someone is sad, we comfort them," really are great. But there is SO MUCH repetition. "If we open something, we close it." "If we turn something on, we turn it off." "When we take something out, we put it away." "When we make a mess, we clean it up." "We do not create unecessary work for others."

When they misbehave, I can't even quote which rule it is that was broken, there are just so darn many!

I looked hard, but I didn't see a rule anywhere like: "Don't climb up into that little space in the hallway closet where you'll get stuck and I won't be able to fit inside to come up and get you." I sure could use a rule for that.

Or how about "Peanut butter does not belong on the dog's fur,"
"Don't lick unidentifiable objects from the back yard" (or from anywhere else, for that matter), or "Don't touch total strangers on the NY subway" (which occurs far too often with my affectionate children).

There is no way my four-year-old can keep track of 21 rules! How about "Obey Mommy and Daddy," "Speak respectfully to others," and "Clean up after yourself"? Those seem much more straightforward to me. Twenty one rules consolidated into 3! I should write my own rule book!

I admit, I do like the little coloring pictures that come along with the book. It gives us a chance to sit quietly and discuss behaviors that are honoring to God, but I think we'll be making our own rules from now on that fit our family better.
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The original 21 rules of this house by Gregg Harris has been a wonderful way to bring peace to our home. Each rule has a coloring page. We spent one day per rule. We discussed the rule and colored the coloring sheet. The sheet was then taped to the wall. All day we would work on reciting the rule usually as an infraction upon the rule occurred. It only took about one month to get through all of the rules. At the end, we had all 21 rules posted on the wall which we left hang for the next six months. Now as conflicts arise in our home, instead of yelling at the children or the children yelling at each other, we simply ask which rule was broken and what needs to change. Even the children use this peaceful conflict resolution with each other. It truly has kept peace in our home for the past 10 years. We have re-taught the rules every two years as new additions to our family have arrived and as a reminder to the rest of us. I give this book high recommendations to any family looking for a simple, peaceful way to solve conflicts in their home.
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