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    One Rule: If It's Not Yours, Don't Touch It

    This is literally the alpha rule in my family. But I can't think of a single day where my daughters have followed that rule.

    I literally have no safe space in my house. Garage, Bedroom, Tuff Shed, no place is safe.

    Starting to drive me up a wall and my oldest just set a project I have been working on back by a week because she had to touch the paint and pushed right through into the primer.

    I know, kids will be kids, but had to rant and vent.

    What one rule do yours seem to have the most problems with?

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    The rule that everyone breaks is "put it back where you found it." Especially when it comes to scissors. I have two pairs in the kitchen and they are never where they belong.

    But when it comes to my sewing scissors, I tricked them! I have a decoy set out next to my machine but my "real" scissors are hidden in a basket. Ha!!


    Jeannette

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      #3
      Re: One Rule: If It's Not Yours, Don't Touch It

      We didn't have a big problem with the kids breaking the rules at our house...

      Break a rule, get your arm ripped off. No problem.

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        #4
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        If you make the mess, clean it up.... Never gets done around here. Then I never wait long enough to "make sure" it is followed.
        Judy

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          The same. Mine are 5 and 7 and when they walk into my classroom after school (I teach where they go to school, I'm the default end of day child collector) and terrorize my desk. It drives me INSANE. I LOOSE MY MIND with them about it about once a month, it gets better for a few weeks, then they sense a moment of chaos and go in for the kill all over again....

          They aren't so bad with my things at home, but they just want to make a mess out of my desk at the end of the day at school. drives me bananas.

          Oh, the dirty socks all over the place is my other recent pet peeve. "At least they are blessed enough to have feet that allow them to run and play" I tell myself.... but still, when I came down to make breakfast yesterday and there were dirty socks on the kitchen counter, I was less than impressed....

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            #6
            Re: One Rule: If It's Not Yours, Don't Touch It

            An easier question to ask or answer would be, what rule do they follow? My kids weren't terrible but getting them to pick up was like pulling teeth.
            :icon_wave:Joan

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              #7
              Re: One Rule: If It's Not Yours, Don't Touch It

              The kids are grown and its just me and DH but this still applies.........
              Don't wake mom if she is sleeping.(they followed that one pretty well)

              The one that still haunts me is Put your dirty clothes in the hamper. We used to run out of towels because my DD would have them dirty in her bedroom in a huge pile.
              Last edited by TMP; September 23, 2016, 11:40 PM.

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                Re: One Rule: If It's Not Yours, Don't Touch It

                Originally posted by CraftyJnet View Post
                The rule that everyone breaks is "put it back where you found it." Especially when it comes to scissors. I have two pairs in the kitchen and they are never where they belong.

                But when it comes to my sewing scissors, I tricked them! I have a decoy set out next to my machine but my "real" scissors are hidden in a basket. Ha!!
                LOL I do the same thing! I have a pair of cheap scissors easy to see and grab on my desk, but my sewing scissors are in a drawer.

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                  #9
                  Re: One Rule: If It's Not Yours, Don't Touch It

                  DH cannot put anything IN the dishwasher. Sets all the dirties on the cabinet above the dishwasher. Won't put large items (like cereal boxes) in the trash. Sets trash on the cabinet above the trash cabinet. I think he would prefer nothing ever be put away. He can't find things when they are in a drawer or on a shelf. Wouldn't know how to do laundry if his life depended on it. My three "kids" are grown and gone. My sons were taught better. Guess I'll always have somebody to pick up after.

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                    #10
                    Re: One Rule: If It's Not Yours, Don't Touch It

                    Originally posted by CheyMom14 View Post
                    DH cannot put anything IN the dishwasher. Sets all the dirties on the cabinet above the dishwasher. Won't put large items (like cereal boxes) in the trash. Sets trash on the cabinet above the trash cabinet. I think he would prefer nothing ever be put away. He can't find things when they are in a drawer or on a shelf. Wouldn't know how to do laundry if his life depended on it. My three "kids" are grown and gone. My sons were taught better. Guess I'll always have somebody to pick up after.
                    Cheymom14, You are talking about my DH. He has to leave everything out where he can find it. I swear if I throw away an old receipt from 2006 he will be asking if I saw it the next day!

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                      #11
                      Re: One Rule: If It's Not Yours, Don't Touch It

                      Nope...DH's don't know how to open a dish washer and the reason they don't throw it away (ie cereal box_) they want you to know you need to get more. DH gets evil eye if he touches sewing scissors but I catch him at it often. Just received a pair of KAI scissors and snippers and he can't wait to find a use for them.
                      Walk in peace with the Lord by your side.
                      Terry

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                        #12
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                        This is a rule that my kids would do well to follow in my house...

                        https://www.pinterest.com/pin/125256433359463574/

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                          #13
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                          I lived for 20 years in a house with a big pool. We had a lot of rules: only plastic or paper (ie no glass or breakable dishes); no swimming alone; no none swimmers or kids under 12 with out an adult in the pool area; no teenagers in pool with out an adult home. Well , several years after moving I learned that that last one was not obeyed. Thankfully no one drowned.
                          "Never stop believing that fighting for what is right is worth it"
                          Hillary Clinton

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                            #14
                            Re: One Rule: If It's Not Yours, Don't Touch It

                            Originally posted by pathrunner View Post
                            This is literally the alpha rule in my family. But I can't think of a single day where my daughters have followed that rule.

                            I literally have no safe space in my house. Garage, Bedroom, Tuff Shed, no place is safe.

                            Starting to drive me up a wall and my oldest just set a project I have been working on back by a week because she had to touch the paint and pushed right through into the primer.

                            I know, kids will be kids, but had to rant and vent.

                            What one rule do yours seem to have the most problems with?
                            We had this problem more with my boys than dd. The boys also have a bit of ADD and they both tend to touch things in general. dh fussed at me a couple of times for doing this with something and then I realized...we are processing through touch. Some people look at things with their eyes, some with texture and touching. Sometimes it is hard to not touch.

                            What we did, dh told them to put their hands in their pockets when we were somewhere (a store, someone's not kid proof house) that would be disastrous if they touched the wrong thing.

                            funny story..but not. When #1 was about 13 months old and barely walking we went to visit dh and bring him supper when he had to work late. He was a computer department head. We entered the back room with computers which back in the day had their own huge room. Son bent over and touched a red button at his eye level. shut.every.thing.down. Um...I left fast and dh spent all night there. ugh We can laugh about it now 30 years later.

                            But if mine touched anyone's things, ruining it, they had to work to earn the money and then pay for the item. It did not matter what or how expensive. They learned to leave others things alone pretty quick. The exception was if the item had been sitting in a common area and they had been told to remove it to their space (bedroom) already but ignored the warning.

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                              #15
                              Re: One Rule: If It's Not Yours, Don't Touch It

                              Originally posted by Marta View Post
                              I lived for 20 years in a house with a big pool. We had a lot of rules: only plastic or paper (ie no glass or breakable dishes); no swimming alone; no none swimmers or kids under 12 with out an adult in the pool area; no teenagers in pool with out an adult home. Well , several years after moving I learned that that last one was not obeyed. Thankfully no one drowned.

                              WE have a pool also and had all those rules too! But we did not get the pool until our kids were older. #1 was entering high school at the time.

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