House Rules Rooted in Biblical Principles




Direct Disobedience

not answering and coming when called

He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him. Proverbs 13:24


not following instructions completely

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Ephesians 6:1

loss of privilege

taking liberties that don’t belong to you

He who ignores discipline comes to poverty and shame, but whoever heeds correction is honored. Proverbs 13:18


doing regular chores or schoolwork poorly or with a bad attitude/whining

Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in slave labor. Proverbs 12:24

extra work

dawdling during regular chore time or school

The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied. Proverbs 13:4

loss of free time


* talking back, shouting “No” or “I won’t”

* making ugly faces, sticking out your tongue, raising your fists, stomping feet, throwing tantrums, walking away when Mom or Dad is talking

* arguing, making excuses or blaming someone else when being corrected

* The wise in heart accepts commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin. Proverbs 10:8

* The eye that mocks a father, that scorns obedience to a mother, will be pecked out by the ravens of the valley, will be eaten by the vultures. Proverbs 30:17

* Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Proverbs 4:24



If you have played the fool and exalted yourself, or if you have planned evil, clap your hand over your mouth! Proverbs 30:32

hand over mouth

irreverent behavior in church

Observe my Sabbaths and have reverence for my sanctuary. I am the Lord. Leviticus 19:30

30 minutes early to bed

whining when given an instruction to do or NOT to do something or doing that thing poorly or with a crummy effort

Do everything without complaining or arguing. Philippians 2:14

Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth. Proverbs 10:4

extra work or loss of privileges

Unkind and Unloving Actions or Words

name calling, teasing, yelling at others, giving orders, picking fights, causing trouble

Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. 2 Timothy 2:23


hitting, biting, kicking, throwing

Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city. Proverbs 16:32



meddling, busybody

He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends. Proverbs 17:9

Like one who seizes a dog by the ears is a passer-by who meddles in a quarrel not his own. Proverbs 26:17


abusing others’ toys or belongings

If a man grazes his livestock in a field or vineyard and lets them stray and they graze in another man’s field, he must make restitution from the best of his own field or vineyard. Exodus 22:5

fine or double restitution


refusing to play with others

Nobody should seek his own good but the good of others. 1 Corinthians 10:24


not giving others a turn, being greedy

Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. Matthew 5:42

loss of possessions


Keep your lives free from the love or money and be content with what you have. Hebrews 13:5a

blessing journal

Character Traits


The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful. Proverbs 12:22

chastisement and 30 minutes early to bed


He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need. Ephesians 4:28

chastisement and double restitution


The Lord detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please him. Proverbs 20:23

chastisement and fine

proud attitude

The Lord detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished. Proverbs 16:5

chastisement and loss of privileges

Bad Habits

rude behavior, poor manners

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Romans 12:10

loss of privileges

yelling and/or running in the house

Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2:4



Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. Luke 12:13-14

fine or loss of possessions

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