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Don’t Play in the Street And 5 Other Rules Your Kids Need

As parents, we set rules for our children out of love. Even though we may be perceived as the bad guy sometimes, we know, and they will know when they get older, that we implement and enforce these rules for their own wellbeing and safety. Every parent is different, and we may each have our own set of rules, but there is no doubt that every parent sets rules to protect their child and to mold them in to a respectable adult. With all of that said, here are six rules that your kids need.

Don’t Play in the Street

I believe that this is the universal rule that every parent has taught their children. Pedestrian accidents happen all the time, and the fear of your child getting hit by a car is the worst nightmare that a parent could ever have. Pedestrian accidents usually happen when a person of any age is crossing the street. There are also pedestrian accidents that happen when a car jumps a curb. No matter how it happens, a pedestrian accident is something that we never want to see happen to anyone, and letting children play in the street is the biggest mistake that anybody could ever make.

Tell the Truth

The opposite of telling the truth is to lie, and we all know that one lie turns in to another lie. Getting your kids in to the habit of telling the truth can be very rewarding as they will carry this trait with them in to their adulthood. Usually, when a person makes a habit out of lying, they are doing so for their own benefit of protecting themselves from punishment of their wrong doings. Nobody wants their child to grow up to be a habitual liar.

Respect Your Elders

Children need to understand that they are not at an even playing level with adults. They need to know that adults are authority figures over them. This means that they should be taught to not talk back to adults or argue with them. Teaching your children to respects their elders will go a long way in life. They will eventually learn to respect authority figures such as teachers, law enforcement officers, etc. They will not grow up with the attitude that nobody can tell them what to do. We all know that this kind of attitude will never get a person far in life.

Have Manners

Teaching your child to have manners is very important because it shows them as a reasonable and thoughtful person. They will carry the manners that you teach them in to their adulthood and become a well-rounded individual. Also, we all know about first impressions. We have all met or seen people for the first time and judged them on their mannerism. Just think about it. You definitely want your child to grow up to have manners.

Nothing is Free

Teaching your child that nothing is free is a good way for them to value things. Learning this at a young age is best. Many people are not taught this as children and grow up not appreciating things. When they do realize it, it is too late, and they experience a rude awakening during their adulthood when their mom and dad are not around to bail them out of situations anymore.

Treat Others as You Would Like to be Treated

Putting yourself in another person’s shoes is an expression that goes a long way. When doing so, you will always have an appreciation for others and value them as a person. By teaching your kids to treat others as they would like to be treated, you will definitely have a son or daughter that grows up to be a respectable and kind person.

There you have it. Rules that your kids need to know. Although some of these rules are for safety reasons, many of them are to build your child’s character. Even though the importance of these rules are in no particular order, teaching your child to not play in the street is on top of this list due to safety concerns. Plus, as I mentioned before, this seems to be the universal rule that all children are taught.


Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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