Example Behavioral Contracts
Recommended Resource: Scott P. Sells, Ph.D. (2001). Parenting Your Out-of-Control Teenager: 7 Ways to
Reestablish Authority and Reclaim Love. St. Martin’s Press: New Yo rk.
1. State House Rules
Rule #1: Treat family members respectfully. No fighting. This means no
kicking, pushing, shoving, hitting, throwing things, or spitting at someone.
No verbal (e.g., threatening to hit, kill, hurt) or physical threats or gestures
of harm (e.g., holding up a fist, m oving to push, shove) toward family
members. No swearing at or about family members.
Rule #2: Be where you are supposed to be (Be accountable for your
actions). This means at all times you need to be where you are supposed to
be (school, home, park, approved friend’s house, grandparents’ house). Do
not leave to go to another place without getting permission from your dad or
mom. It is your responsibility to reach us. If you cannot reach us, you are to
stay where you are or come home.