One of the most common issues when it comes to rules is the possibility of them being black-and-white. Is it reasonable to even hold people to strict rules, or is that something too ambitious to even try? My answer to this issue is to separate rules into two simple categories—black-and-white and non black-and-white. When these categories are used, the reactions and consequences to potential misbehaviors are much easier to deal with in a reasonable way.
The ultimate decision making when handling rules and consequences is still up to the person in charge, of course. Being aware of the nature of the rules can be very helpful when trying to figure out a way to establish reasonable discipline. And, of course, being reasonable is one of the main keys to having a successful discipline plan. Next week I will talk about the differences in handling these two different types of rules.
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