Do your kids fight? Do you nag them to stop? It's frustrating isn't it? Inside you will find three ways to stop sibling rivalry.
Having raised two boys, I know the problems when kids fight. These three logical consequences helped save my sanity. Why not try them too?
- Send the child who punched the other to Time Out. Don't allow him to come out until he can admit why he was sent there.
- Have the punching child apologize sincerely to the other sibling and do the apologizing in front of you.
- If both kids were punching then send them to separate boring rooms (laundry room, bathroom, etc.) and not come out until they each think of three ways they could have handled it better. This means they need to come and tell you. Then they act out the best way. Next they need to shake each others' hands.
When I used the 3rd consequence, in the end they often chose to go off and play together. I believe some fighting between siblings prepares them for the future. Having them admit their wrongdoing, apologize, and figure out 3 better ways to treat each other prepares them for the future even more.
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Jean Tracy, MSS