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One rule I never break as a parent is being a good sport. My three-year-old is still working on it, but when we play board games as a family we make sure to tell everyone good job and cheer. The most important part is having fun, not who won or lost. :)
I always speak to my children with respect - even when they were babies and likely didn't understand a word I said to them. I don't sugar coat the world and talk to them like they have no idea what's going on. Honesty and respect, first and always.
The rule that we enforce .."is mind your manners." Please, thank you, excuse me..etc..are so important in showing and receiving respect. Very rarely do I have to remind my boys to be polite and they're 9 and 5 years-old.