Recently, I wrote about creative ways to get siblings to get along with one another. But as most moms know, it takes way more than one little blog to cover that big of a topic! Am I right, ladies? Since the holiday season often means visiting relatives, tight quarters and having to yes, share one’s toys, I thought it was a great opportunity to offer up a few more tips:
Tip #1 Team up
When kids work together on a single, big project – like building one giant volcano! – you’ll be surprised just how quickly the bickering disappears. Also, team games ensure that each child will appreciate having the other around! Think racquet games, trivia sets and especially see saws! Bonus: They’ll be awe-struck by what they can do when they cooperate.
Tip #2 Get out
Seriously. Fresh air is always a good idea! Instead of staying cooped up all day, venture out to a local park for a game of hide & seek, frisbee or soccer.
Tip #3 Part ways
When all else fails, send each kid into a separate room with a few toys to keep them entertained solo. Remember, you’re not punishing them, you’re just separating them. Sometimes, they just need a little personal time. (And you need some peace & quiet!)
Tip #4 Take a deep breath
Always, always, always exercise patience. After all, they’re kids! Children can take a while to adjust to change. Keep the positive vibes flowing throughout the house, and you'll be living in zen in no time.
How do you keep your kids from arguing? Let me know in the comments!