The Only Two Rules Your Household May Need

2 Rules at Home

What if everything you wanted to see from your child’s behavior could be covered by two basic rules? You may think this is oversimplified, but particularly with young children, we find it covers everything we want to reinforce at home. And the cool thing is how the two rules transition into adulthood. What are they?

  1. Do what mommy and daddy say the first time.
  2. Love your brother/sister.

Now think about it. There is not much in the way of desired behavior that those two broad rules do not catch. Now the cool part. As our kids transition into adults, the rules are easily transferred over to God’s rules. Do they sound familiar? When Jesus was asked what the most important commandments are, here is His answer.

  1. Love The Lord.
  2. Love your neighbor as yourself.

Here it is in Matthew 22: 36-40

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”


Until next time,


About Jeffrey D. Potts, Ed.D.

Raised on a ranch in the Texas Hill Country, Jeff Potts, Ed.D., grew up learning the importance of hard work and family values. A graduate of Baylor University, he has master’s degrees from two universities and earned his Ed.D. in teaching and learning from a fourth institution. Potts launched his pedagogical career in the 1990s, working full-time with students and parents. READ MORE→