Adult Children And House Rules (Part 3)

Chores: Adult children should be solely responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of their own living spaces. If there are common areas that multiple members of the household will share, there will need to be a chore schedule or general agreement that will work for everyone. If the laundry room is to be shared, you might want to consider giving each member an official laundry day so that you don’t run into any conflicts in timing.

Other rules: Because it is your household, you retain the right to ban specific behaviors and certain items such as, for example, alcohol, drugs, and swearing from your home. If you think something will have a negative impact on your home or its inhabitants, especially any underage children that may be present, you should make sure that your adult children know and will respect your wishes. Make sure to keep these rules focused on the home environment, not what your grown-up children do when they are away from home.

Children and pets: If your adult children have children of their own that will be living in your home with them, they should be expected to keep their children supervised and cared for and instructed on how to abide by the house rules. Everyone in a household should have the right to at least a certain degree of privacy and everyone should respect each others belongings. If your adult children are bringing pets into the household, they should be expected to take proper care of them and take financial responsibility for any damages that they might cause.

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Adult Children And House Rules (Part 2)

For these reasons, it is important that if your adult children will be living with you, the rules you set as “House Rules” should focus exclusively on the household. Here are some common topics you will want to come to an understanding about:

Rent. This is usually the easy part. Still, you’ll want to make sure all parties are very clear on what is expected, and when. Make sure to discuss these important issues: How much? Does the rent amount you agree on cover shelter only, or are food, utilities, and other expenses such as long distance telephone service or cable television also covered? If food is not included in the rent, will your child be responsible for buying their own groceries, or contribute to the household’s grocery bill? If they are contributing to the household’s total grocery bill, will they pay a set amount each month or will it vary based on each particular month’s expenditure. When will the grocery money come due? When is the rent due, and what happens if it is paid late? Will you require your child to pay a deposit? If so, will the deposit be returned completely or partially when they move out if certain conditions are met? If there are conditions, what are they?

Company. If you choose, it is perfectly reasonable for you to set hours for entertaining guests. You’ll also want to set ground rules pertaining to visiting rules where members of the opposite sex are concerned, and how late company is welcome in the house. To be fair, house rules should apply to every member of the household unconditionally.

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Adult Children And House Rules (Part 1)

Living with your adult children can be tricky business. Although they are still you children, they are also adults and should act and be treated accordingly. This extends to the rules that you can impose upon them while they are still living under your roof or relying on your financial support. Regardless of where and how your children are living and providing for themselves, you will need to adjust to the idea that you will not and should not have the same type of control over their life and conduct as you did before they turned eighteen. Understand where and when to draw the line is an important part of the learning process for you and your adult children and will make everyone’s experience more enjoyable, predictable, and manageable.

It is hard on any parent to watch their children make mistakes and yet it is a vital part of learning and maturing. You always retain the right to voice your opinion, but when you find yourself with the urge to intervene in their lives, ask yourself if they are in any direct and immediate danger from their actions. If not, you should simply remind yourself that they are adults now and they have the right to make their own choices as well as face any consequences that their choices may lead to, good or bad. These are the times when all you can do is hope that all those years of instruction on how to take care of themselves and be a functional member of society will serve them well. Still, as your children struggle (because at times they all will), keep in mind that everyone learns from the mistakes we make, and we all make them, no matter how old or experienced we may be.

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Keeping The Family Safe During Disaster (Part 3)

Disasters can happen suddenly and without warning. Everything from a home break-in to a flood or a tornado can instantly throw your normal life into a fast paced panic. Planning is everything, and it can be the key factor in saving you and the life of your family.

Last time we talked about the importance of keeping emergency spare cash on hand at all times, as well using an extra mobile phone to dial 911, even if the phone has never had service or has had service shut off.

Now let’s talk about keeping your children informed and ready. This is especially important if you have older children that might be at home alone at times, like during the summer or after school.

Your children should have easy access to any emergency phone numbers that matter: police department, fire department, poison control centers, doctors, and other family members’ contact information. If you have a teen with a cell phone, make sure they have this information programmed in! 911 is easy to remember, but not too many children, or adults for that matter, know poison control center or doctors’ information by heart.

Phone numbers are important for communication and survival. Ensure that your child knows how to get a hold of as many trusted family members as possible in case of serious emergency or events that can separate entire families such as floods and earthquakes.

For children who may arrive home from school before an adult arrives, seeing a supposedly locked door opened or signs of an obvious break-in, fire, or other situation can be frightening. If possible, speak with a neighbor that you know and trust, and have an understanding with your child that if they arrive home to anything suspicious, they are to report to that safe neighbor and contact you or an alternate family member.

Don’t forget to protect those you love and care for the most with a home security system, which can provide a lifeline in case of medical emergencies, fires, and of course burglaries. I personally recommend ADT home security systems. ADT is the leading provider of home security systems in the U.S., with more than 100 years of experience.

Keeping The Family Safe During Disaster (Part 2)

Disasters can happen suddenly and without warning. Everything from a home break-in to a flood or a tornado can instantly throw your normal life into a fast paced panic. Planning is everything, and it can be the key factor in saving you and the life of your family.

Last time we talked about the importance of keeping emergency spare cash on hand at all times, as well using an extra mobile phone to dial 911, even if the phone has never had service or has had service shut off.

Now let’s talk about keeping your children informed and ready. This is especially important if you have older children that might be at home alone at times, like during the summer or after school.

Your children should have easy access to any emergency phone numbers that matter: police department, fire department, poison control centers, doctors, and other family members’ contact information. If you have a teen with a cell phone, make sure they have this information programmed in! 911 is easy to remember, but not too many children, or adults for that matter, know poison control center or doctors’ information by heart.

Phone numbers are important for communication and survival. Ensure that your child knows how to get a hold of as many trusted family members as possible in case of serious emergency or events that can separate entire families such as floods and earthquakes.

For children who may arrive home from school before an adult arrives, seeing a supposedly locked door opened or signs of an obvious break-in, fire, or other situation can be frightening. If possible, speak with a neighbor that you know and trust, and have an understanding with your child that if they arrive home to anything suspicious, they are to report to that safe neighbor and contact you or an alternate family member.

Don’t forget to protect those you love and care for the most with a home security system, which can provide a lifeline in case of medical emergencies, fires, and of course burglaries. I personally recommend ADT home security systems. ADT is the leading provider of home security systems in the U.S., with more than 100 years of experience.

Keeping the Family Safe During Disaster

We can take preventative measures to protect our families, such as the use of home security systems, but we can never predict things like natural disasters, violent threats, or break-ins and terrorist attacks. It’s important to have a good, solid family plan to ensure the maximum safety of you and your loved ones.

In these days of such economic hardship it’s very tough to keep extra money in the bank at times. Many people are living paycheck to paycheck and barely making ends meet. But whether or not you can keep money saved in the bank isn’t nearly as important during a natural disaster as keeping cash money in your wallet or other immediate safe place that you can ensure easy access to. Even $20 can be a lifesaver in the event of a robbery, home burglary, or a disaster that results in power outage that would make ATM access more dangerous or harder to come by, given the event.

Another good thing to have in a safe room, hidden in the car, or somewhere easily accessed is an extra mobile phone. If yours is stolen, broken or destroyed, you’ll need emergency call center access. It is federal law in the United States that every cellular phone network must allow an attempted 911 emergency call regardless of whether or not the phone has ever had any service or has suspended or inactive service. So, don’t throw away that old cell phone, keep it charged and tucked away.

Along with an extra inactive emergency-only phone and at least a little bit of cash held back for disasters, it’s also important to fully instruct your child about procedures during different disaster situation types. Next time, we’ll discuss briefing your child about emergency phone numbers, as well as a few other things to ensure the survival and safety of your loved ones.

Don’t forget to protect those you love and care for the most with a home security system, which can provide a lifeline in case of medical emergencies, fires, and of course burglaries. I personally recommend ADT home security systems. ADT is the leading provider of home security systems in the U.S., with more than 100 years of experience.

Your Child’s First Pet (Part 5)

We’ve been talking over some basic rules involving getting a pet for your first child, the conversations that need to take place before bringing the pet home, and some things to consider as a parent to ensure a safe and happy experience for all. We went over some beginning steps for freshwater tropical fish, rodents such as hamsters and Guinea pigs, and birds. Now let’s go over the most wanted pet by most children: dogs.

Dogs, “man’s best friend”, are one of the most fulfilling companions that a person can have, and through proper care and training, can be one of the strongest addition to any household – barring allergic reactions of course, if applicable. Dogs can act as both a playmate and a very effective home security measure! Upkeep on dogs can be more than the previously mentioned animals. Expenses including regular veterinary visits, needed accessories (leashes, chew toys, etc.), and food costs are something that you should strongly consider before you and your family take on this big responsibility.

Also, housing is very important, and situations will differ depending on whether or not you plan on making this an inside dog, an outside dog, or a combination of the two. Any dogs left outside will need a dog shelter that they can escape to for shade on hot days and to avoid getting wet on rainy days.

When it comes to the dog itself, dogs over 50 pounds could pose a possible accidental danger to very small children, but this is more the exception than the rule. And don’t buy into the fallacies that breeds such as pit bulls or rottweilers are always mean or aggressive dogs. In fact, small dogs more often injure people than big dogs do. A dog is as good or as bad as the way it’s been trained and treated.

Hopefully you and your child can find a pet that will make everyone happy, as well as provide good lessons in responsibility and accountability, as well as provide years of fun and joy for you and your family.

Don’t forget to protect those you love and care for the most with a home security system, which can provide a lifeline in case of medical emergencies, fires, and of course burglaries. I personally recommend ADT home security systems. ADT is the leading provider of home security systems in the U.S., with more than 100 years of experience.

Your Child’s First Pet (Part 4)

We’ve been discussing some good options for a child’s first pet, and how to make them understand the level of commitment and responsibility that animal require. It’s important that you are sure your child is ready to take this on, and that it’s not an impulse want that leads to animal neglect. Last time we went over the positives of tropical fish and rodent ownership, let’s talk about our feathered friends.

Birds can be wonderful pets, but for younger children, there a few avian types that will be better than others. Canaries, finches and even cockatiels are good candidates as they are easiest to care for, although it should be noted that handling birds, especially finches, could cause the spread of salmonella if your children don’t wash their hands properly and thoroughly after each handling. It’s very important for both you and your child to understand that birds can carry diseases and parasites. Daily cage cleaning, keeping the bird away from food and food preparation areas, as well as proper hand washing practices will greatly reduce the probability of any issues in this department.

Parakeets are another good option, as they tend to be good-natured, tolerate handling well, and can even learn to talk or mimic sounds that it hears regularly. The cost for parakeets and supplies are very cheap, which is an added bonus in today’s economic slump. Birdseed, in general, is considerably cheaper than say, dog or cat food, and you can always use recycled newspaper for cage lining, so the most expense will probably be the cage. As long as wingspan is taken into consideration, you should only ever need one cage for the bird’s life.

A bird is slightly more work than rodents or fish, but it can be very rewarding for your home and family. Next, we’ll go over a couple other great options for older children who bigger responsibilities well.

Don’t forget to protect those you love and care for the most with a home security system, which can provide a lifeline in case of medical emergencies, fires, and of course burglaries. I personally recommend ADT home security systems. ADT is the leading provider of home security systems in the U.S., with more than 100 years of experience.

Your Child’s First Pet (Part 3)

There are so many good reasons to allow your child to own and care for their first pet. This will bring on a whole new level of responsibility and expectations for your child, and will prove to be a educational experience, as long as ground rules are set and your child or children understand the responsibility that goes along with caring for a living animal.

Last time we went over a good “starter pet”, the freshwater tropical fish. The advantage of owning a purely observational pet could be just the ticket for you and your child, depending on their interest level and your willingness to occasionally get your hands wet to help with the trickier maintenance aspects. Now, let’s go over another good option for a first pet, rodents.

Despite some common opinions, rodents tend to make for great first pets as well. They are extremely easy to care for, and are fun to watch as well. Guinea pigs, fancy rats, gerbils, and hamsters are good candidates. Regardless of what some pet store workers or owners try to tell you, it’s never a good idea to house these different types of animals together. Territory issues and different diets among these types or rodents are a couple reasons why co-habitation is not advised.

Your child should fully understand that rodents are mammals, and they require fresh food and clean water at all times. You will want to closely monitor your child to ensure that your rodent pets are not starved or neglected, and that a proper feeding understanding has set in with your child. Also, the animal’s bedding will need to be changed at least every other day. This is possibly an opportunity to spend time with your child and supervise to ensure safe handling is being practiced.

Because of the extremely high levels of attention that ferrets and chinchillas require, they are not recommended for younger children or first time rodent owners. Guinea pigs, hamsters, and rats will usually respond positively to handling and affection, and can tend to get very socialized if handled often. Just make sure you supervise your child until you are fully confident that both respective parties are safe and happy, and you are well on your way to happy pet ownership!

Don’t forget to protect those you love and care for the most with a home security system, which can provide a lifeline in case of medical emergencies, fires, and of course burglaries. I personally recommend ADT home security systems. ADT is the leading provider of home security systems in the U.S., with more than 100 years of experience.

Your Child’s First Pet (Part 2)

Last time we went over the groundwork for the decision to get that first pet for your child. While this will be a safe and happy addition to your home, it’s important to fully understand this decision to ensure the happiness and safety of both your family and the animals involved. Doing your research and being fully prepared for the type of pet you choose to take on will definitely make this first experience a fulfilling one.

Many experts would suggest smaller and easier to care for animals such as hamsters, fish, some birds, or guinea pigs as great starter animals for most children.

Freshwater tropical fish have the advantage of being fully contained within an aquarium, so a lot of responsibilities that are associated with other types of pets will not apply there. In a nicely arranged aquarium, tropical fish can make beautiful living decoration for any room in the house, allowing the whole family to enjoy their calming effects.

One thing to consider with fish, however, is that trickier maintenance tasks such as safely and effectively cleaning the inside of the aquarium can prove to be too complex in nature, or just too much responsibility for young children. Because of this, you will be expected to do things such as vacuum the gravel and scrub any decorations or inner glass panes to remove excess algae if needed. It will be important to stay vigilante and make sure that no foreign substances, such as dish soap or other dangerous chemicals, accidentally get into the tank. It should also be noted that saltwater fish are considerably harder and more expensive to care for, and only experts in the field should ever try to achieve that undertaking. Freshwater fish are cheaper, much more durable, and just as neat.

This being said, depending on the interactive responsibility level of your child or children, fish may be the perfect “starter pet”, as long as its well understood that fish are observational pets only, and can’t survive outside the tank!

Don’t forget to protect those you love and care for the most with a home security system, which can provide a lifeline in case of medical emergencies, fires, and of course burglaries. I personally recommend ADT home security systems. ADT is the leading provider of home security systems in the U.S., with more than 100 years of experience.