This is a picture of my brother Steve and me. Weren’t we cute kids? From the picture you’d think we never argued. I mean, really, look at how much fun we’re having.
But the fact is, Steve and I didn’t always get along. Siblings squabble. You’re particularly aware of this fact if you have two or more children home with you all day during the summer.
So what can you do when the bickering starts? Here are some suggestions:
Change the scenery – This is one of the first things I do. Simply sending the kids out to play, taking them to the park or just a walk around the neighborhood can make a world of difference.
Break ‘em up - Kids can’t seem to play together nicely? Well then perhaps they need a little time on their own. I find that when I tell my kids they can’t play together, they all of the sudden start getting along.
Let them work it out – When my kids come running to me about some slight, or disagreement, I take the time to listen. But if there’s no imminent danger or bullying involved, I tell them they need to work it out themselves. Then I use what I call my ninja-parenting skills. I monitor what they’re saying while making it appear as if I’m not listening. That way, I’m still able to jump in if negotiations fail.
What do you do when the kids start the summer squabble? Share your tips!