Respect. Without it the house would be in utter Chaos. My one rule for the house is respect. Common sense sort of stuff. You don't do your chores you are disrespecting the house You cuss, swear or give attitude you are disrespecting others You lie, cheat or steal you are disrespecting others feelings or property You hurt, maim or kill you are disrespecting the life and lifestyle of others. You bring home a bad report card you are disrespecting both yourself and the parents, both of which are qualified to be teachers. This is a basic sampling... reason I wanted to put this down is because we interviewed a new Foster kid a couple weeks back and the DHS worker was dumbfounded when she asked me about the rules of the house. I answered Respect. "that's it?" "Yup, that's it." So my shout out to all the parents, or those who still under their parents rule - What sort of rules did you grow up with, what do you impose upon your children..... and how many of you have used the line "this isn't a democracy............" ?