Them’s the Rules Set of Twenty-Two Squares {digital download}


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By popular demand, here are our family rules, in an easy to download, print at home format, so you too can foist them on your own kids . . . and wait for the magic to happen.* See this blog post for an explanation of why and how the rules work.

  1. Don’t take your pants off without a plan.
  2. If you can’t work and talk, don’t talk.
  3. No. No screaming.
  4. If you’re doing it really hard, you’re probably not doing it right.
  5. What does God do to complainers? He sends snakes to bite them.
  6. Is that a tool or a toy?
  7. Little kids do what big kids tell them.
  8. Tyranny will not be tolerated.
  9. Unless it’s dangerous or destructive, you’re just tattling.
  10. Don’t look at me when you’re talking to him.
  11. What do we say when someone helps us? Thank you. Not: I wanna do it.
  12. Oh-kay Mama.
  13. When people give us good advice, we listen.
  14. How could you make our baby happy?
  15. If a toy causes unhappiness, it goes away.
  16. 3 times is the limit for singin’ stuff, sayin’ stuff, & doin’ stuff.
  17. Cryin’ babies go to bed.
  18. Whistling is an outside activity.
  19. No whinin’, no cryin’, no beggin’ for food, and you carry your own coat.
  20. Sit in a seat that someone isn’t sitting in.
  21. Don’t rush off to do a job I gave to someone else.
  22. What are you doing to help our family?

This listing is for an instant download — You will receive twenty-two square images that you can save to your computer and print on your own printer or at your local print shop. Print a couple of your favorites, or all of them! It’s up to you. They will print at up to 6×6 at best quality, and at acceptable quality at up to 12×12.

We have these hanging up in our mudroom. I had them printed at as 5×5 inch squares, with the lustre coating to protect from sun and fingerprints, and mounted on single weight matboard. Then I just hammered nails right through the top of them into the wall. They’ve held up very well there for two years now! There are also clip-type frames that would work well to hold them, at IKEA, amongst other places.

Also available as a single 8.5×11 collage of 20 images.

And as a set of two 8x5x11 collages of all 22 images.


The designs sold at Catholic All Year are for personal use only. You are welcome to print them as many times as you like for your home or as gifts. The designs can not be used for any commercial purpose or resold. If you’re not sure, just ask.

Thank you for visiting Catholic All Year!

*These rules are not magic. But we really do use them in our family, and they’ve been awesome. Your results may vary.


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