8 ideas for creating family cell phone guidelines that rock! — Part 3 of 3

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Inger Erickson

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Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve covered six ideas for creating guidelines for our kids’ cell phones: 

  1. Make it a special event.
  2. Get rid of the word “rules.”
  3. Cell phones aren’t bad or good—it all depends on how we use them.
  4. Make it their idea.
  5. Listen.
  6. Empower.

This week we’ll finish up with these two! 

Nobody’s Perfect 

Let your kids know we ALL make mistakes. Find out what ideas they have for being consistent and how they can kindly remind each other when someone messes up. Instead of focusing on the consequences of NOT following the guidelines, encourage your kids to keep trying and compliment them when you see they’re following the rules. 

Most importantly, mention how much you trust them to make good decisions. Our kids will do their very best to live up to whatever we think they’re capable of doing! 

Thank Them for Their Awesome Ideas

Last but not least, it’s a good idea to thank each of your kids for their suggestions, ideas, and willingness to participate. Mention how excited you are to get started on this new plan and how it’s going to be such a wonderful thing for the whole family!

I hope these ideas can help your family when it comes time to create your own guidelines!