Human Nature

I like to front-load rules and expectations with children to stave off, on the front-end, any negative or unwanted behavior.

Generally, it works. There is this thing called “human nature,” however, that gets in the way!

One of the rules we have to mention at the beginning of a lock-in is to not blow out the pilot lights on the gas stove in the kitchen. We have to talk about this because the students think they are doing the church a favor by blowing it out for us! However, mentioning this random rule causes the students to be really curious about a behavior they might have been unaware of before… tricky line in communicating rules and when not to communicate rules…

When you are either front-loading rule and expectations or responding to a child who has done something wrong, do you take into consideration this natural bent toward them breaking the rule because they are human?

HT Z