An Update on Changing Family Rules

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I shared in my previous post that my husband and I decided to change one rule in the house. We changed the kids’ computer/gadget use from weekends only to TWO HOURS, Mondays through Fridays.

This Saturday was the first weekend the kids had no digital indulgence. Their obedience was set to the test because Peewee and I were also out the whole day to attend a leadership conference.

I called them up at lunch that day to check on them. First thing Coby shared to me was “Mama, Jianne wants the old rule. She said she’s bored.”

“Oh, well, she’ll find something to do… how about you? How do you find the new rule?” I asked.

“Hmm, I’m okay. I’m still thinking if this new rule is better…”

When we arrived that night I checked the iPad. It was still fully charged and was in the same position when we left. It was a good sign. So I inquired.

“So, what did you do this afternoon?”

“We watched TV and played with Mark” said Coby.

“Guess what Mama, I met a new friend! Her name is Liza,” shared Jianne.

“Really? That’s good! Maybe you can play with her again tomorrow?” I suggested.

“Yes!” she answered excitedly.

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On Sunday, I noticed that they were more active. Not lethargic like before. They were eager to go out. Especially when Jianne saw her best friend again. She asked permission if she can play with Sophie in their home because her new friend, Liza was not around. She was allowed, of course and this girl hurriedly left.

They ran. They rode their bikes. They laughed a lot and out loud with their friends.

Moreover, there were no more haggling over the new rule nor were there any complaints. Finally!

Thank you God for small miracles 🙂

Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. 10 If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NLT