In our agency there are only three rules: Safety, Respect, and Do Your Job. Every problem you have is covered by these three rules. We talk about what those rules would look like and sound like in each situation, how would safety look in the bathroom, backyard, etc. What would respect rules sound like at the dinner table? We talk constantly about the rules, what they sound like and what they look like. When someone breaks a rule, it is no secret. Everyone knows what it should be. The rule breaker also knows. Knowing the rules and consequences ahead of time makes life so much easier, because no excuses are needed. You only have to fix the problem.
"My name is Carla Atkinson and this is a blog for foster parents and group homes. We will discuss laws, new and old. We will share ideas and we together, we will work to make the lives of children a little better."