Top Ten {Tuesday}: Our 21 Family Rules


…we started off about a year ago with 3 verbal rules (Obey Daddy and Mommy, Do not hurt others, and Do not hurt yourself), and I’ve kicked around several lists in my head for the past couple of years – but they were always very negative.  No kicking, no hitting, no shoving, no throwing…  A lot of “NO’s” to address very specific behaviors – but not getting to the heart of the matter.

Then I ran across this post – and I fell in love.  Not only with the presentation, but also with her rules.  So positive, so uplifting… I freely admit that I used almost all of her rules – I added two more (#1 and #2) and I took out a couple others, but for the most part, they are the same.  And instead of doing this on canvas, I did it on a scrap piece of MDF that we had in the attic – so it’s heavy as all get out, but I had everything on hand, so it was free!

So here are our 21 Family Rules…


For more Top Ten {Tuesdays} (or top 21, since I can’t count), visit Amanda here!  And for more Do It Yourself Day projects, visit A Soft Place to Land here!



  1. I JUST finished my set of family rules too! I also had seen that post and felt SUPER inspired.

    I’ll post mine next week 🙂
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  2. Wow! These are lovely and inspiring!
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  3. mandi @ it's come to this says:

    Love that!! It’s going on my to-do list!

  4. I’ve been watching these family rules boards pop up all over the place, just love them!

    I have a linky party going you may want to link up:
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  5. Love your rules – I’ve had this saved forever as a project I want to do – now I’ve just got to do it! Story of my life.
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  6. I love it! You did a fantastic job. It’s beautiful and inspiring! 🙂
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  7. so cute! You did a great job 🙂
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  8. What a great idea! I find we are more negative/too many “no” rules in this family right now. You’ve inpired me to create our own list – thanks!
    .-= Lauren´s last blog ..Top 10 Tuesday: Things I should be doing instead =-.

  9. I LOVE this! I’m going to show this to my hubby tonight so we can work on ours together. Thanks!
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  10. Oh, yeah, I’ll be stealing this one! Thanks for a wonderful idea!
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  11. I LOVE THIS, Leigh!
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  12. love the line ignore dirty words

  13. hi! i love this! would you make one for sale so i can buy it… seriously?

  14. I LOVE this!!!
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  15. I’ve seen these pop up in the past week or so! They’re adorable, and I love the rules on yours!
    Linking this in my Friday Favorites post!
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  16. I have to say, I thought your second rules was for Mommy to not hurt others! LOL! I really enjoyed looking around your blog! What great ideas!!
    *Eliza’s blog*

  17. This turned out incredible! Great work! Love all the color. I just made mine today and will post it next week. A quick question though…did you free hand this font?! Thank you
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  18. Yolanda Drietz says:

    I love the scapbooking look of it and the rules chosen!

  19. Love, love, love this idea!!! And, those are some of the best rules I’ve seen. Simple, to the point, positive, and most of all, coming from a place of love and respect. Wonderful.

  20. I love this! I reposted this on my FB page, as friends and I were just talking about a list of rules with positive reinforcement!


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