Ahhhh….summer: time for family barbeques, endless days of popsicle juice on the kitchen floor, and sibling squabbling. From sunup to sundown, it seems like the number and variety of things to argue about are as generous as the weeds in your flower beds. Just when you’ve solved one problem, the next one is seeping in to take its place. It’s enough to make a mama want to stick knives in her ears!
Even with 30,000 toys in the playroom, the only one anyone wants to play with is the one their brother has. No matter how many times you’ve coached them to ask nicely for a turn, snatching that toy from their sister is always the go-to technique for acquiring what they want.
My grandkids have claimed their own barstools at the kitchen counter at my house. Want to see them get bent out of shape in a hurry? Let their sibling climb onto the stool that is “theirs”. And even if everyone sits on the right stool, they love to stick their feet on the stool of their neighbor. If that doesn’t elicit a response right away, they will give the other stool a little shove to make sure the offended party notices that they are being messed with.
What’s a parent to do? How can you keep your cool when the world around you is in meltdown mode?
Hi! I'm Janet and I've been the Director of the Before and After School and Smart Start Preschool Programs at the Troy Rec since 1994. My hubby and I have been married 30 years and we have two grown sons. Each of them is married and blessing us with grandchildren left and right. Life is good even when the nest is empty!