The Top Fifteen Rules for Boys (Written by Boys for Boys)–Rule #1 NO PUNCHING

Two months ago, my nine- and four-year-old sons, Patrick and Luke, were MIA for about an hour, and they reappeared proudly, showing my husband and me a list of “House Rules.” They’d written these rules on several 8 1/2 x 11 sheets of white computer paper, then taped them together in a long list. They asked if they could put their list on the refrigerator. Of course, I said yes, impressed with their initiative.

Then I read the house rules. They are definitely “boy” house rules, for we have a house of four boys.

I asked my nine-year-old Patrick why they came up with these rules, and he said, “To make our parents happy.” From my perspective, they’ll not only keep my husband and me happy, but also keep our sons safe.

So, for the next several posts, I’m going to share with you “The Top Fifteen Rules for Boys (Written by Boys for Boys).”

Rule #1 is NO PUNCHING.

Now, in our house, we have no punching in anger. (Well, we had punching in anger once, when our older boys were about 12 and 14, but it resulted in the 12-year-old breaking a bone in his hand, so that was the end of that behavior.)

So, other than that one exception, we have no angry punching. But we wrestle. (And, by we, I mean me too. They beg me too.)

Now, frustrations can escalate when two boys are wrestling their 46-year-old. strong mother. Even though they gang up on me, I can still dominate them both at the same time. So, sometimes, my four-year-old Luke will start punching wildly. He usually does this when I’ve pinned his brother Patrick on the floor, and he’s trying to protect Patrick in a valiant display of brotherly love.

But punching hurts–even 46-year-old mothers.

So I promise that, if Luke stops punching me, I’ll stop tickling them. (Tickling is my wresting secret weapon.)

Because punching (regardless of intent) hurts both parents and kids, NO PUNCHING. A solid Rule #1.

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