I offer these simple child raising tips. Tip #1: Set some rules. Don't worry if a rule makes sense. The important thing is that it's a rule. Arbitrary rules teach kids discipline: If every rule made sense, they wouldn’t be learning respect for authority, they’d be learning logic. So go crazy with the rules.The time your child spends figuring them out is time they won't stapling firecrackers to the neighbour's dog. Here's a couple of arbitrary rules I like to throw out: Wash your hands before talking to strangers. If you look at a cat and it sneezes - no desert for a week! "red" means "stop", "green" means "go" and purple means "wednesday". I'm very firm on that one!