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Pick Up Your Dirty Clothes. Jack Tisdale, 5, would choose swimming over chores any day of the week.

No hitting. Do your chores. Don’t complain.

Be respectful.

Do your kids know your rules? By Megan Willman • Photos by Melissa Donald

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few weeks ago, I asked my younger son what he thought the rules were in our house. His first response was that we didn’t have any. Really? No rules? Have we not lived in the same house these last 11 years? Ouch. After a moment of thought, he said, “I can’t leave dishes and glasses in my room.” The actual rule is not to eat up there at all, but at this point I couldn’t be picky. Not wanting to give away the nature of this article, I resolved to talk to him a bit later and get busy with some research into the matter of house rules. All parents want their children to grow into contributing members of society with strong moral compasses, good hearts, and good minds. How we go about attaining that goal, however, varies from home to home. Even the language differs: page 10

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