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

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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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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.