As it is important to explain the rules at a time when you can be assured of your (step)children’s full attention, it would be a good idea to call a family meeting for that purpose. Be sure to keep the meeting light and that you have a few fun things on your agenda also. Spelling out the rules and consequences you need to bear the children’s ages in mind and ensure that they understand.
* They need be explained in a way that children of different ages can clearly understand them
* They need to be presented in a way that (step)children understand their own choice in the matter.
To help children grow into responsible adults they need to know that every action has a reaction and every behaviour has a consequence of some type.
Points to remember about enforcing consequences:
CONSEQUENCES NEED TO BE ENFORCED:
* Yelling and screaming
* Ranting and raving
* Any type of violence