Elsie's house rules

IF you asked your child to make up your house rules, what would they be?!

Scary thought I know (!), but do you think you can imagine what they would come up with?

When I asked my daughter Elsie to come up with her own house rules (as above), I got quite the shock. Some of the things I was kind of expecting – like ‘eating chocolate for breakfast’! – but others, well, they’ve actually really made me think!

In fact let’s just say I’m not as stringent when it comes to tidying up her bedroom anymore.

As parents we tend to think we know everything about our kids, but my little chat with Elsie about house rules, showed me that actually we don’t.

We had such a laugh coming up with her house rules and more importantly, it was a really lovely way of finding out what is important to her in our home.

Fancy having a go yourself? Why not ask your child / children to come up with their own house rules?

To encourage you to get to know your children better whilst having some fun, the lovely team at Principality Building Society are running a very special competition across Twitter, to get us all to share our kids’ creativity.

It’s really easy to join in! All you need to do is tweet a picture of your child / children’s house rules to @PrincipalityBS with the hashtag #KidsHouseRules. (See bottom of post for full terms and conditions.)

A lucky winner will be chosen by the team and win £250 worth of John Lewis vouchers. Just imagine what you could treat your family to, with these this Summer- a playhouse, toys for outdoors etc – the mind boggles!

It’s a lovely competition and I really hope you give it a go.

Because if nothing else, it will give you a good ol’ giggle whilst helping you to learn a lot more about your child / children in the process. Which if you ask me, makes it a win, win situation all round.

For inspiration, do check out this bunch of house rules created by kids (including Elsie’s attempt!) and good luck!


With love,





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Terms and conditions

‘1. ELIGIBILITY; ‘My House Rules’ Competition (the ‘Competition’) is open to customers and noncustomers aged 18 or over who are UK residents. The Competition is not open to employees of Principality Building Society (the ‘Promoter’), NetBooster UK (the ‘Administrator’), the owner of Pouting in Heels (the ‘Competition host’) or their families or anyone associated with the Competition. Photographs do not constitute payment. 2. AGREEMENT TO OFFICIAL RULES; Participation in the Competition constitutes your full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of the Official Rules and the decision of the Promoter, which are final and binding. Winning a Prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein. 3. PRIZE; The winner of the Competition will receive £250 John Lewis vouchers. No cash alternatives will be substituted for the prize. The Promoter reserves the right to offer alternative items/activities of a greater or equivalent value should unforeseen circumstances require it. Only one winner will be selected (see How to Enter for further details). The winner will be announced via the @PrincipalityBS Twitter account no later than Friday 31st July. The Promoter will notify the winner by Twitter direct message or email within 3 [three] days of the announcement. Participants must also follow @PrincipalityBS in order for the Promoter to direct message the winner. 2 If the prize remains unclaimed after reasonable efforts have been made to contact the winner, after 7 [seven] days the Promoter will be entitled to dispose of the prize as it sees fit without any liability to the winner for having done so. 4. ENTRY PERIOD; The Competition runs from Friday 26th June until 11:59 PM Friday 24th July (the ‘Entry Period’). Entries submitted before or after the Entry Period will not be eligible. 5. CONDITIONS OF ENTRY; Any entries attempted through the use of agencies or robotic, repetitive, programmed, or similar methods will be void. The Promoter does not accept responsibility for network, computer, hardware or software failures of any kind, which may restrict or delay the sending or receipt of your entry. Entries must not be sent through agents or third parties. 6. HOW TO ENTER; Entrants are required to tweet in a photograph of their child/children’s made up house rules to @PrincipalityBS followed by the Competition hash tag #KidsHouseRules (the ‘Entry Method’). Any entries not including the Competition hashtag #KidsHouseRules will not be taken into account. Photographs not communicated to the Promoter via the entry method will not be considered as Competition entries. No payment is required to enter the Competition. Entrant’s Photographs and likeness as well as personal data do not constitute a payment. At the end of the entry period, a panel within the Marketing department and employees of the Promoter will consider all eligible entries and select a winner based on criteria including creativity. The Promoter’s decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into. 7. WINNER PUBLICITY; 3 Entrants accept that, if they win the prize in this Competition the Promoter will have the right, without additional payment or permission, to use the entrant’s name, Twitter entry and Twitter ID for related promotional purposes. 8. CANCELLATION OR POSTPONEMENT; The Promoter reserves the right to cancel or postpone the Competition. 9. THE PROMOTER; Principality Building Society, Principality Buildings, Queen Street, Cardiff CF10 1UA. 10. THE COMPETITION HOST http://www.poutinginheels.com/ PRIVACY POLICY; For further details please see our Privacy and Security policy 



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