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Free Download: The Family Contract

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Free Download The Family Contract

The Family Contract is a free educational tool for parents & children

Aligning your views with your child on issues like homework and screen time can be a challenging task. However, having a mutual written agreement can ease this process. This approach is particularly beneficial for children who learn and think differently.

We drafted The Family Contract by McCartan Turkington Breen Solicitors, an educational document designed to help parents teach children the importance of responsibilities and communication. The “Contract” is between the parent and child. You can download your free copy here.

It can help with things like:

  • Setting out the obligations of the parent and the child
  • Homework and study commitments
  • Household chores
  • Personal responsivities
  • Screen time allowances
  • Pocket money and other privileges

Click HERE to download the Family Contract by McCartan Turkington Breen Solicitors

The Family Contract also serves as an early introduction to contracts.

Contracts are fundamental to how our society runs. They are involved in everything from day-to-day transactions to protecting employees rights at work. Given how important contracts are, we believe it is wise to introduce them to children early so that they recognise the significance of them later as young adults.

How does The Family Contract work?

  1. Download and print: Get your free copy of The Family Contract by McCartan Turkington Breen Solicitors from the provided link.
  2. Discuss with your child: Sit down together and explain the purpose of the contract and how it can benefit both of you.
  3. Describe a contract to your child: Explain that a contract is like a written promise between two people, serving as a reminder or a set of rules that both parties agree to follow. It helps ensure fairness and accountability.
  4. Customise and sign: Fill in the contract together, tailoring it to your family’s specific needs and preferences. Make sure both parent and child sign it, signifying their commitment to the agreement.

How to describe a contract to a child

Try explaining it as follows:

A contract is kind of like a promise between two people that’s written down on paper. Let’s say you and a friend decide to trade your lunch snacks: you’ll give them your biscuit for their apple. But, what if your friend forgets to bring the apple one day? It would be unfair, right?

That’s where a contract can help. If you both wrote down your promise on a piece of paper – that you’ll give your cookies and they’ll give their apple – and both of you sign it, it becomes a contract. It’s like a reminder or a rule that you both agree to follow.

So, a contract is a way to make sure everyone remembers what they promised, and it helps things stay fair.

Share this free resource with other parents

Let’s empower our children with the knowledge of responsibilities and communication. Share this resource with other parents who might find it helpful!

About McCartan Turkington Breen Solicitors

We are a firm of solicitors with offices in Belfast, Northern Ireland. We offer a wide range of legal services to both individual and corporate clients and enjoy a reputation for delivering results in a timely and personable manner. If you would like to know more about our firm, visit About Us.

Please note: The Family Contract is a copyrighted document and it is for educational purposes only.


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