Parent Education Course Writer's Guide/Example rules for a family council

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Democracy[edit]

The family council is recognized as a democratic committee.

  • Every family member has one vote.
  • Decisions are made in open ballots. Secret ballots can be decided with a simple majority.
  • All decisions require a simple majority unless the rules ask for consensus.
  • Family members who feel they have been to passed over and have lost in a voting can request a second vote for a later voting. To award the second vote a simple majority is sufficient. Only one further vote per voter is possible but can be preserved indefinitely.
  • Changes to these rules require consensus.
  • Parents have a right of veto but it requires the consensus of the parents.

Appointments[edit]

  • The initiator of an appointment is the chairman and allows others to speak.
  • The chairman should present an agenda one day before an appointment, the adherence of which can be demanded.
  • An appointment can be postponed for one week. Family members who cannot keep an appointment that is supported by a majority are responsible to make a new appointment. The office of chairman is not affected by this and remains with the original initiator.
  • The family council can demand willingness for discussions of up to two hours per week.
  • An appointment requires consensus of the participants.
  • A family member not attending a meeting of the council can delegate his or her vote to another family member without explanation but only if the decision is made in advance.

Discussions[edit]

  • Opinions must be explained, which requires the word "because".
  • An opinion can be rejected as not conclusive, which requires a single majority. Unsubstantiated opinions are ignored; the same applies to resulting votes.
  • Explanations about the topics being discussed can be demanded by every participant and must be given. If a relevant explanation is not given the family council is no longer quorate (competent to make decisions). The chairman also allows others to speak when explanations are given.

Assignment of tasks[edit]

  • The family council can assign and withdraw household tasks and obligations.
  • The family council can use a rotation system for tasks.
  • Assigned household tasks should not exceed four hours per week.
  • The family council can impose a penalty of another four hours per week upon disregard of the council.

Budgets and other resources[edit]

  • Expenditures and the distribution of other resources can be regulated in the family council.
  • Usage of rooms, pocket money, choice of meals, computer time and TV time can be seen as resources.

Lists[edit]

The following lists are annotations to the rules of the family council and can be changed in consensus only.

List of problems[edit]

Problems are meant to be seen as anti-patterns the family council has agreed to prevent.

List of decisions[edit]

Decisions are important choices the family council has agreed to append to the rules of the council as a reminder.