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Teaching Your Kids to Get Along

If you have kids, you've probably learned to dread the words, “Mooooommmmmmm!” The second you hear that drawn out name, you know your kids are in the midst of an argument or fight. To help keep your sanity intact, use these tips to teach your kids to get along.

Teach Respect

No matter how much your kids dislike each other during an argument, you need to teach your kids to always speak to each other respectfully. Let your kids know what your expectations are when it comes to respecting each other. You'll also need to let them know what the consequences are if they're unable to treat each other with respect. This can help reduce the number of insults your children hurl at each other during an argument.

Schedule Some Bonding Time

Although you can't completely stop your kids from arguing, you can lessen the amount of times they argue in a day or week. In order to do this, you'll need to set up some bonding time for your children. This could be something as simple as letting your kids camp out in the living room together one night or taking them out for a day of mini-golf. The more bonding time your children have, the more likely they are to build strong relationships so that they play together more than they argue.

Let Them Argue It Out

This might seem counterproductive, but letting your kids argue it out is a great way to help teach them to get along. Eventually, your kids are going to get tired of arguing. Once they get tired of arguing, they'll have to come to an understanding, working through their issues so each of them is happy. If you step in each time your kids get into an argument, you're impeding your children's ability to solve problems themselves.

Although your kids are bound to get into arguments, you can still teach your kids to get along. This will help reduce the amount of fighting, which means fewer headaches for you! What are some strategies you've used to teach your kids to get along?

Annmarie John
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  1. I think letting them work it out amongst themselves is a great idea. I do that with my boys all the time.

  2. Hey :)

    Another new parent here:)

    I just really wanted to share this video with other new parents.

    A beautiful Piccaso quote that I think is very powerful and inspiring.

    thanks for the love you share :)

  3. We try and let them argue it all out.. but it so hard to not get involved..

  4. My niece and nephew get into it all the time and I just let them argue it out. I try not to get involved because 10 minutes later they're the best of friends again.

  5. They say that learning to negotiate with siblings when we're little helps with our interpersonal skills in the business world. As hard as it can be!

  6. For the most part I let my boys work it out, but there were times when I would step in to teach something specific about their attitude or respect for each other. If you start very early teaching them to be respectful of others it is a lot easier!

  7. Letting them work it out with some adult guidance, is a good way to teach respect.

  8. I particularly like the "Teach Respect" part. In respecting others it becomes easier to resolve conflicts. Allowing them to work it out on their own is also good because it teaches them independence. Parents won't always be around so they have to learn how to stand on their own two feet sometimes.

  9. I actually let Scarlet and Des argue out an issue yesterday and it worked! I think with him being so young and her so sensitive, the arguing isn't bad.. yet.
    I know with my four siblings, we needed bonding time a lot! And it worked.

  10. I always let my kids work things out. I never get involved and it works really well.

  11. These are some great tips. I only have one child right now, but I am pinning this for later.

  12. Great tips! My two boys are always fighting about one thing or another :) They are normally able to work it out themselves, especially as they have gotten older, which is nice.

  13. My daughter is an only child but I grew up in a LARGE family. I am the youngest of NINE kids and yep... we had to fight it out at times. Haha.

  14. Thanks for these great tips. I was an only child but my girls like to duke it out with each other. I usually just let them figure it out by themselves.

  15. Thanks for these great tips. Growing up as an only child I always wished I had a sibling to argue with. The grass is always greener...

  16. I have 3 boys so arguments are a daily thing. I let them work it out themselves unless it turns to hitting, then I step in.


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