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  1. Thank you very much for your post. It is a timely article for me.  We have two teenagers in the house. My wife and I always talk about having some rules in the house, but we have never written down anything.

    I like your idea of writing a family manifesto. I write down the five steps now. We are going to discuss this on our dinner today. I particularly like your idea of displaying the manifesto in a place where every family member can see it every day.

    I also plan to review and revise our manifesto weekly.

    It is kind of you sharing this very useful tips with us.

    1. You’re welcome, Anthony.

      The thing with having it written down and then displayed prominently is that, when necessary, you just have to point at it to remind someone of the family rules. You won’t be the nagging parent as you’re all bound by the same rules. This is why it’s especially important to get the children’s input too – especially teenagers, who now have their own likes and dislikes. 🙂

  2. What a BRILLIANT idea for fostering unity in a family.  Every family has its arguments as everyone is coming from a different perspective.  However, a family is a FAMILY.  A unit that should be striving for common goals and ideals in order to get along and make things work.

    When children of the appropriate age are allowed to help create a manifesto then they will be more likely to follow the guidelines and it will help parents, too, to understand where each child is coming from.  I think this would truly reduce tensions in any family!  You don’t even need fancy software, as you pointed out – a bit of DIY art and there you go!

    Personally, I would have this posted in a prominent place like the refrigerator.  I can also see that as the family ages and/or grows that the manifesto should be updated as needed.  Thank you for sharing with us such an important tool for family unity!

  3. This is a very insightful post! I worked as a teaching assistant for a few years and became slightly addicted to all the written rules. I haven’t got children yet, but I’ve always thought long and hard about what kind of environment I wanted them to be raised in – and it definitely involved a lot of unnegotiable rules. But this article has made me realise that things can be done better – by creating a family manifesto, where the entire family decides how they want the family to be like. What a fantastic idea! Thank you for this! 🙂

  4. Hey Jade,
    Never heard of Family Manifesto, but a nice idea, which every home should have. you have given some guidelines which are really helpful.
    Since a new concept to me, but still will try to incorporate it in my home.


    1. Hi Jivita, thank you for your very nice comment. It’s not common knowledge, which is a shame as it’s very effective. Do let us know if you try it and if there’s anything we can do to help. 🙂

  5. This is a wonderful article. Thanks for sharing your ideas and experience on how to create a perfect family relationship. I believe in the power of democracy. Everyone’s voice is equally important no matter how small or big. Having a perfect communication results in a perfect relationship. I will take some of your ideas with me and apply them to connect with my family members even more.

    1. That’s a great way of putting it – the power of democracy. 🙂 Let us know how you get on with the family manifesto. It’s done wonders for us.

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