I was at a friend’s house the other day and at the end of dinner time, their seven year old got up to leave the table. His dad said, “In our family, we take our plate to the kitchen when we’ve finished eating.” His son said, “No, we don’t.” My friend said, “We do now.” And in that moment, a new family charter was created.
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A family charter is an agreed upon set of behaviours that everyone in the family is expected to aspire toward. Would you like to raise your kids to be polite, respectful, bilingual, accepting, brave, outgoing, confident? The behaviours that you shape now will create a family culture. And being a part of a culture gives you a sense of belonging, and having a sense of belonging gives you a strong foundation to build a future upon. So, what are you going to include in your family charter?
Download your printable family charter here – click below
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