Catholic Activity: Policy-Making
Parents must adhere to the rules that they make for their children, in order to maintain peace and stability within the home. These rules should also extend to the supernatural, modeling Divine law.
Every home has certain policies or habits which govern the actions of the family. Sometimes these policies are consciously set up; more often they evolve from practice. Policies have to do with meals, play, dress, and speech; with all that concerns everyday living. Policies determine, everything from whether you will be called "Mama" and "Daddy" or by your first names. The latter practice seems to be in vogue these days, but is scarcely helpful in teaching parental respect.
It is your duty as parents to assume the responsibility of policymaking. Along with the many rules which will establish themselves through habit, there must also be certain basic and important ones which you set up deliberately and keel) unwaveringly, not merely for the family's present comfort and convenience, but also for its ultimate happiness in heaven as on earth.
Activity Source: From Stroller to School, Parent-Educator Series 2, Leaflets 13-24, Three to Six Years by Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, 1962