In moment of inspiration I came up with this. Some plagiarism was involved, but the original authors said it quite well, so I borrowed heavily. Everybody ratified it after I read it so my 6-year-old would understand. I have found that I am still paying out allowance but it is much less after the citizens have paid to get their stuff out of hock.


We the people of XXXXX Drive, in order to form a more perfect family, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the XXX-XXX Family.

Article I Governance

Mom is President for a 30 year term. In her temporary absence the babysitter is to be obeyed in all things. Nobody else is in charge. Ever. Family meetings may be called by any citizen to allow open discourse on topics of necessity. 

Article II Operation

This family will only function if all the citizens work together for the common good. With the understanding that all citizens are invested in the family’s success, we will keep in mind the following rules:

Our family shares. We respect the property of others. We understand we must do chores to maintain domestic tranquility. We acknowledge that we have to live together and will make a good faith attempt to understand each other.

Therefore as a family our priorities rest on getting along with each other and helping each other. We further understand that if we don’t do our share of the chores it inconveniences everybody and may result in consequences.

Article III Judicial Power

We understand that inappropriate behavior will result in consequences as set out below. They may be administered by the president or the babysitter. They may not be administered by fellow citizens.

Article IV Call to Arms

Our family values are summed up in this question: Have I done my part to show my love and concern for my family by keeping my things out of our home’s common rooms and by doing my daily chores; by respecting others’ privacy and possessions; and by actively looking for little ways to help and understand other family members? 


A one dollar fine (USD) will be charged for whining, presidential nagging, riding unbuckled, unnecessary arguing and other as-yet unnamed disagreeable behaviors. This fine will be paid to either the president or the current babysitter.

We the citizens understand that other natural consequences may also transpire from disagreeable behavior.

$.25 will be charged per citizen for leaving the lights on or fan roaring in the back of the car.

$.25 will be charged for each item that the president picks up from the common rooms, whether the citizens want it back or not.


done in Convention by the Unanimous Consent of the Citizens present the Seventh day of November in the Year of our Lord two thousand and thirteen Independence of the Preston-Connot Family, Five In witness whereof We have hereunto subscribed our Names,