- 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 Original 21 Rules of This House Paperback – December, 1993
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Top Customer Reviews
It's easy for the adults to refer back to the "rules" and reinforce them when situations occur.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had these for my children . . . now for the grandchildren!!Published 14 months ago by Surf City Diane
We sit down and read these rules to our children every night before bed time. My husband and I really like this book.Published on April 11, 2014 by Kalee Childree
This was the spiral bound version I was looking for. This book is great for reminding children that I'm not just nagging them, I am enforcing the rules our family lives by. Read morePublished on December 9, 2012 by Mom2Orlando
This is a good book to make things clearer for children to understand.
It's made of material that will last. Read more