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Parent/Child Contracts

Parent/Child Contracts Put It All Down in Writing

Sign on the dotted line please. We sign contracts for our homes, our jobs, and even for our child care providers, but will signing one with our children help keep them in line?

Some parents use parent/child contracts to keep the communication path more open, while others see it as a way to keep order in their household. The contract can serve as a visible way to ensure that kids are aware of the house rules and the consequences of disobeying them. They also help children understand what their parents' roles are in helping them achieve their goals.

For families looking to put things in writing, this pad of contracts ($10) will help get the process started with 30 fill-in-the-blank sheets that outline the terms of the agreement and penalties for breaking them.

What's your opinion of drafting contracts with your kids?

Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
It's not to say this is a bad idea. It may work for others, and be someone's style. Just not mine. If you have never put structure into your home, this may be a good way to start.
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
If you actively teach your kids the rules of the house and their expected behavior, there would be no need for this. My parents made it crystal clear that their rules were to be followed, and my behavior better be what they want it to be. It's all about good parenting styles. A good parent will start from the very beginning reinforcing good behavior and giving punishments for bad behavior. If you don't show your kids through actions and words, what makes you think that your kid will give a damn what a piece of paper says? If and when I have kids, I will be like my parents. What I say goes, period. I don't need a little "contract" to reinforce what you should already be doing and obeying.
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