Mamamia's Five Golden Rules series takes a pervy look into the lives of Australian families. From parents of toddlers to parents of teenagers, the series asks parents to share their golden parenting rules, including the rules for their kids, and rules to just get through each day.
This week, we hear from co-host of Channel Nine's Today Extra and singer, David Campbell. David shares three kids - son Leo and twins Billy and Betty - with his wife and Hayes Theatre producer, Lisa Campbell.
As a recent guest on Mamamia's This Glorious Mess podcast, David Campbell shared his Five Golden Rules for parenting with hosts Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo.
1. "Manners are really important."
"My grandmother raised me and Lisa is from England, so manners are really, really important. We would always encourage our kids to not be shy, to get out there and look people in the eye and shake hands," David shared.
"We have also always been 'naughty step' parents and we find it even works just as a threat like, 'Do you want to go onto the naughty step?' and they say 'No!' and so that kind of stuff works for us."
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2. "Kids need their sleep."
"We have very strong boundaries around bedtimes," the Officeworks Back to School Ambassador said.
"For the twins, bedtime is 6.45pm, and for Leo, even though he is in his last year of primary school, we still say 7.30pm, because if he gets to 8pm he can get stroppy. Kids need their sleep, we're big proponents of that and we're strict about it," he added.
"Leo is also now old enough to do some chores, so he un-stacks the dishwasher and does his homework and all three kids have their readers to do."