Go to Your Room till You Like Each Other
Go straight to your room and don’t come out till you like each other, do not pass GO and you do NOT collect $200. You are going to collect a time-out, a fly-swatter to the booty, and a raging mommy that cannot hear your fighting anymore!
It’s officially 3 weeks into summer break. When does school start again? Oh, two more months? Fabulous, just fabulous.
Within the past hour, the boys have fought over legos, blocks, mommy’s make-up brushes (true story), whose painted rocks are whose, a pajama shirt, a paper bag full of random toys, and the door bell. (People, I cannot make this stuff up!) And as I chuckle, and cringe, and need a bottle-sized glass of wine, I know I am not alone. So, how in the world do we make these kids stop fighting?
…Oh you were waiting for the answer from me? Well shoot, I don’t have one! Sorry about that. Apparently, this blog post is completely useless and full of zero information. (HA-HA!)
One trick I have been using for the past couple of months that has been working off and on: go straight to your room and do not even think about coming out till you like each other. And by “like”, I mean, walking out holding hands, give each other a big hug, tell each other you have the best brother in the whole wide world, tell each other sorry, forgive one another, and now…GO PLAY NICELY! One would think that is a lot of action for a 5.5 year old and a 3.5 year old. Nah, I have a list of these behaviors on the wall and I assist them in going down the actions they must take until they can get out of their room. (And PS…my kids are smarter than me. When I tell them to tell each other they have the best brother in the whole world, both have managed to mutter “Caleb” under their breath. Caleb is the baby brother that is not old enough yet to join in on the fighting.)
Does this work? Maybe so, may not. But here is the trick. They get sick of going through the actions that required to bust out of their room. So maybe that alone keeps them from fighting again for a few minutes, but hey, whatever works right?
MOMS!!! Attention MAMA BEARS! How do you get your kids to GET ALONG during summer vacation? And how do you manage NOT to drink a whole bottle of wine ALONE each evening? (Unless you DO drink a whole bottle of wine each night. And in that case, let’s be friends!) Comment below with your tips and tricks!
Just another mama bear that is ready for summer break to be over. And then when it is, will cry because it’s over. #ConflictedLiving