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Old 04-05-2019, 04:45 AM
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Default List of Rules for Toddlers

Iím going to create a list of rules...does anyone have a list on a document you would like to share?
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Old 04-05-2019, 05:49 AM
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This feels like a setup.

What's the punchline?
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Old 04-05-2019, 05:59 AM
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Rules for parents in regards to their toddler's or classroom rules for toddler's themselves to follow?

Or did you mean something like this:

Toddler Property Laws
1. If I like it, itís mine.
2. If itís in my hand, itís mine.
3. If I can take it from you, itís mine.
4. If I had it a little while ago, itís mine.
5. If itís mine, it must never appear to be yours in any way.
6. If Iím doing or building something, all the pieces are mine.
7. If it looks just like mine, it is mine.
8. If I saw it first, itís mine.
9. If you are playing with something and you put it down, it automatically becomes mine.
10. If itís broken, itís yours!
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Old 04-05-2019, 06:00 AM
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Ha!

I read some very good advice once that schools with discipline problems tend to try to handle situations by creating a rule against that particular situation. This means that the kids with problem behaviors always stay one step ahead of the school, which isn't prohibiting antisocial behavior; it is only prohibiting specific behaviors that kids can easily act around. Much better to have general rules about respect and safety, instead of specific rules.
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Old 04-05-2019, 06:01 AM
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1. If you do it for me all I learn is that you do it better than me.

2. Teach me to do good, not just be good.
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Old 04-05-2019, 06:04 AM
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Our rules are very simple here:

Be safe.
Be kind.

That pretty much covers it for toddlers/preschoolers!
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Old 04-05-2019, 08:24 AM
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Our rules are very simple here:

Be safe.
Be kind.

That pretty much covers it for toddlers/preschoolers!
Bingo!

My rules are:

-The first rule is that we keep our bodies safe
-We help. We don't hurt

Everything else is nested under those rules. Some of the "everything else" is applied 100% of the time and inflexibly, like "do not touch the gates" and "do not open or close doors." But it's always framed as part of the big rules and I make them think about why the particular application is there. "You may not open my gate. The gate is here to keep you safe. If you open the gate, what will the baby do?" And "When you screamed, how did your friend's ears feel?"
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Old 04-05-2019, 09:53 AM
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I think it would be hard to print a list of rules to pin up, if that's what you're aiming for.

I teach things like polite eating and compassion, but I just introduce it as the childrens' development progresses. It's more about what is developmentally appropriate rather than arbitrary rules.

But there are a few things that I find myself saying a lot:

Be nice to the toys
Be nice to my house
Be nice to each other

Kinda covers a lot
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Old 04-05-2019, 10:01 AM
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First, do no harm.

To each other, to yourself, to toys, furniture, etc.
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Old 04-05-2019, 11:14 AM
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I do use the word "rules" quite a bit though, to remind kids of limits.

We were just outside and I found myself reminding one child that using the badminton raquets to hit the larger, heavier balls was "against the rules" (they're not strong enough for that). But the kid I was telling is older and I expect him to remember stuff like that. He's a bit of a boundary tester.

I don't think I could type a list out of stuff like that though. For one thing, it would read pretty weird.
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Old 04-05-2019, 12:10 PM
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We use pictures for our rules board,

Be nice to your friends
Walking feet inside
Listening ears
Quiet voices
Play together with friends and toys
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Old 04-08-2019, 08:19 AM
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Yes, just looking for rules like ďwalking feet insideĒ etc
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Old 04-08-2019, 01:13 PM
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No hurting.

That covers people and property, physical and verbal, etc.
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Old 04-09-2019, 04:14 AM
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Simple rules stated positivelyó what we should do rather than what we shouldnít do.

Walking feet
Quiet voices
Listening ears
Kind words
Gentle hands
Be nice
Be safe
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Old 04-17-2019, 02:03 PM
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I bought a sign the other day that says

ďDream big. Use kind words. Say I love you. Laugh. Giggle. Be silly. Share. Say please and thank you. Keep your promises. Be grateful. Help others & donít whine. Take a moment to breathe. Try new things. Keep calm & carry on. Laugh out loudĒ

I think it sums up my daycare rules pretty well, none of my kiddos can read though hahaha
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