Oh these two.
We’re only on our second day of Summer vacation and these two are already at each other’s throats. Short of us keeping them outside or busy 100% of the time, there’s usually some sort of bickering going on.
“She’s touching me!”
“Ryder made me fall down, Mommy!”
“Addison I’m going to the bathroom! Shut the door!”
That last one is probably said by everyone in the house (haha). I’ve been trying to come up with creative ways to make sure everyone gets along and during those times when those creative ways don’t work, I’ve been coming up with even more inventive ways of “punishment” to make sure they work as a team and usually end up giggling and then hugging and apologizing to one another. Win-win in my book.
I remember in High School we had these mini competitions that we were graded on each year. I always hated them. I mean loathed them with a fiery passion. Now I’ve started implementing them with my kids. How you ask? Wall sits. Remember those? Sitting with your back flush against the wall, knees bent at a 90 degree angle, and your hands either also flat against the wall or straight out in front of you. My thighs would burn like no other! I actually did very well though. I would self compete and beat the time limit to make sure I got an “A” each time.
It’s quite funny for everyone actually, and neither of them can last longer than 10 seconds. I love that although this is technically exercise as a punishment, they are both against the wall at the same time in the same place doing the same act. They end up working together to help one another and cheer eachother on. They giggle, and drop to their bottoms and get up to try again. By the end, they’ve become a team and have shown support and love to one another.
Little do they know, that’s what I wanted all along.
What are some creative ways you’ve come up with to keep your kids from driving eachother crazy?