Has the bickering and fighting already started? If you don’t figure something out soon, you might not be able to keep your sanity this summer. Check out these ways you can nix the constant battling between the siblings.
#1. Getalong Shirt
You may have seen this “getalong” shirt floating around, but I’ve heard it actually works. When the kids start fighting, stick them in a huge shirt. This will make them find a way to get along or stay miserable for a long period of time. It might only take one or two times of being put in this shirt for them to get along.
#2. Summer Challenge
It can be hard to stress the importance of getting along as siblings. Natural fighting is going to occur, but you must put an end to summer bickering. You can do this by promoting a summer challenge in the family. This encourages no fighting, if you fight, you have to complete a task on the chore list. Moms have the power to make pretty long chore lists.
#3. Separate Activities
If the fighting continues, you will have no choice but to make the children get involved in different activities. Maybe separate camps are in order this summer? Actually, some time apart might do their relationship some good, you never know. You can also encourage “same” activities, in hopes that this will help them bond together (a mother can wish).
I may be suggesting that you keep M&M’s in your pocket all summer long. Wait, they might melt. Seriously, rewarding the kids this summer might be the only way to keep them from fighting. I see nothing wrong with rewards for getting along, although it would be better if they naturally wanted to get along. If you really want to see improvements with this “fighting” thing, then make the rewards worth it (catering the reward to each individual is a smart move).
#5. Model Behavior
If you want your kids to get along, then it might be time for mom and dad to step it up a little bit. Let’s face that fact that we are not always on our best behavior. This summer, you are going have to step up the modeling behavior a little bit. If we expect our kids to get along with each other, then the adults in the house need to get along as well. This goes for any relationship in the house. Everyone is going to need to make a better effort to get along.
#6. Promote Family Time
The more time you spend together, then the more you will bond. This sounds so cliché, but it’s so true. Families that spend time together get to see the best sides of each other. You might drive each other a little crazy, but that’s okay. Showing your kids that family time is important is priceless.
This summer has the potential to be awesome. I challenge you to apply these six tips to helping your kids get along a little better this summer. Maybe these tips will help the whole family get along a little better.
How do you encourage your children to stop the fighting and start the loving? I’d love to hear your tips!