- Kindness. Our goal as parents is to raise the children into adjusted adults. The most important thing in life is building relationships with others through kindness.
- Yelling. Getting in a yelling match with your mother (or your brother, or your sister, or your father), is not acceptable. I refuse to partake in said yelling match. If yelling ensues, I will leave the room for 5 minutes and will return to discuss the problem in a normal tone of voice.
- Respectful vs. disrespectful behaviors. The children will brainstorm both types of behaviors and suggest proper forms of discipline for disrespectful behaviors.
- Chores. As part of this family, children are expected to contribute by performing their chores in a prompt and cheerful manner. The children will name all of the chores they currently are capable of completing, thereby giving their mother a list of chores for our new Chore Ribbon.
This family meeting went over surprisingly well. M especially enjoyed it, asking for more discussion, prompting Daddy to append two additional addenda to the agenda.
The comic relief came around the second bullet point:
Mom: "when you grow up and go to work, what do you think would happen if you got in a yelling match with your boss?"
M (with not a second of hesitation): "What if I am the boss?!"