I originally published this post two years ago when our kids were completing American History. In the midst of a chaotic 2-3 weeks, I happened to glance upon the refrigerator and see a hard copy of the document they produced below. So I thought to repost this entry, if only to remind myself of the potential of our home, maybe…perhaps…one day…
It’s all too rare, but precious, that we get to see how our homes would function if our children ruled it. But I had this experience a few days back. We’ve been discussing over the last week or more the writing of the Constitution–the debate and dissension, the decisions not to sign it, and the reality of what it took for these men to endure a grueling Philadelphia summer to pen our foundation as a country. On one day, our son said, “History inspires me to do so many things.” (the necessary lead-in to get Mom curious and excited about the upcoming idea). He then began to talk about how he got involved in the stock market after our discussion on the Great Depression. (True, true. So what’s up?) “I think I’m going to write a constitution for our family, because I don’t like some things that are happening around here.” My first inclination was to stop this effort before it got started, thinking that these new family “rules” would be beyond silly. For sure the kids would list that they could stay up as late as they wanted, allowances would be doubled, etc. However, I went along out of curiosity, and admittedly, the ‘history being inspiring’ comment worked; I fell for it hook, line, and sinker, and only needed to be reeled in. He got started and the oldest one jumped in, perhaps to be sure that no rules got past her. At any rate, I was floored and thrilled at the same time. Mom and Dad ratified their draft over the weekend (comments in italicized teal). I tried to write it just as they penned it.
Bullard Family Constitution
- Everyone must knock on each other’s doors, especially bathroom doors.
- With parent permission you may move furniture.
- Ask before you take TV remote.
- Cut off lights when you leave.
- Leave room like you found it.
- Respect private time.
- Do not be annoying.
- If you finish early comment but don’t brag.
- Come ready to learn.
- Head is up and eyes are open
- Narrations occur accurately after 1 reading
- Questions are based on not understanding rather than not listening
- Work is completed in a timely fashion
- Bring a good attitude
- Respect other’s area.
- Ask for pencils.
- If 1 person is annoyed they may move. If more, the annoyer may move.
- Be nice to guests.
- Do what guests want as long as you are allowed to.
- Make sure their needs are met.
- Make sure restricted areas aren’t seen by guest unless permitted.
- Work out debates without parent help.
- Everyone takes part in cleaning.
- Love each other according to 1 Corinthians 13.
- Show each other much grace and mercy.
- Take turns in front and 3rd rows.
- 2nd row may control air.
- Empty trash as you get out.
- If you make a mess, CLEAN IT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- Feet stay on the floor.
Amendments (added by Dad):
- Wear your shoes when the car is outside (the garage, that is).