A is for Affection, with hugs extra tight,
B is for Bedtime, same way every night.
C is for Consistency, a rule that’ll guide us through the thick,
D is for Discipline, best when intrinsic.
E is for Even, in portions of fours,
F is for Fun, even when doing chores.
G is for Games, bringing families together,
H is for Happy in all kinds of weather.
I is for Ice Cream, for dinner, or part of it,
J is for Justice, no matter who started it.
K is for Kangaroos (they live in Australia),
L is for Laughter, for with jokes they’ll regale ya.
M is for Meter, never my forte,
N is for Nature, at least an hour every day.
O is for Outside, where everything’s better,
P is for Playing, all day if you let her.
Q is for Questions, of which they are full,
R is for Reason, ineffective as a rule.
S is for Stories, the currency of kids,
T is for Trust: if rules are jars, these are lids.
U is for Under, remembering they’re younger,
V is for Vittles, every two hours when they hunger.
W is for Water, always better than Juice,
X is for I Don’t Know, but it has to rhyme with Juice.
Y is for Yarn: sweaters knit by my wife,
Z is for Zest, which fills kids with life.