Whenever a guest is in our home, we want them to feel nothing but welcome and comfortable. However, there are a few things that make us reconsider inviting someone back (or inviting someone at all, if that is the case). Kindly observe the following House Rules:
- Remove your shoes. Wash your hands.
How is this not basic hygiene for everyone? A small child lives here and soon a newborn will as well. These simple actions go a long way to keep them healthy.
- Watch your language.
Do not raise your voice, use crude words, or spew general negativity in our home. It is important to remember that children hear what you say, not what you mean.
- No smoking. At all. Ever. Not even outside.
Smoking is absolutely harmful, toxic, and pretty gross. We do not want it anywhere near our child(ren). It is appalling that anyone would think this is acceptable.
- Please do not call our home after 7pm.
Though, honestly, you won’t likely get an answer after 5pm. That is when we’re having dinner and spending time together as a family. Calling after 7pm interrupts O’s bedtime routine (and possibly everyone’s sleep). Unless it’s an emergency, it can wait until tomorrow.
- Mind your children.
It really isn’t ok for your child to throw toys, jump on the furniture, or behave like a bully.
None of these requests for basic respect and consideration are unreasonable. Yet, it is amazing how many people think the rules do not apply to them! Mind-boggling, really.
I’m curious, what are your house rules?