Why we're called Family Rules?
Often there is more to a name. It sometimes has a meaning or a message. For example, this year, on one of my favourite websites Good Housekeeping was an article ‘12 Baby Names That Mean ‘Beautiful’’. My business name, Family Rules, also has a meaning. Not everyone was keen on the name at first. But as soon as the name popped into my head I was 100% sure it was the name I was going to use. Let me tell you why…
My first nanny job was working for an extremely busy family with 3 children under 7 years old and a new born due within weeks. This family approached each day like a military operation and I had to hit the floor running at 100mph from the get go otherwise I was going to be left behind and out of a job. I wasn’t the most experienced of nannies so thankfully the mother told me in the interview that she could teach me everything that I needed to know…
One of the first things she told me on my first day at work was:
She was extremely clear about how she wanted her children to act and respect me. They had Family Rules. She empowered me straight from the beginning, which gave me the confidence to be the best Nanny I could be and help bring her children up the way she wanted.
From that day forward I learnt more and more about what the family deemed important;
Every family follows a set of rules and these eventually contribute to defining who the family is as a whole, what they believe in and help mold the children into their individual characters. I know there are parents out there who find it difficult letting someone else discipline their children, but from my experience, if you share your Family Rules and allow your Nanny to also communicate the rules clearly it can be a fantastic advantage. You’ve effectively cloned part of yourself; a part that is very demanding, repetitive and tiring as a parent. The Family Rules helped me as a Nanny to instil the good manners and ethics into the children I cared for and I was very proud in watching them grow up to be very polite, kind and fun children to be with.
What are your family rules and why are they important? Do you have them visible somewhere in your home? Do you find yourself repeating them at every opportunity?