Thursday, November 20, 2008

in an effort to save my sanity

Does anyone else have children who fight over the smallest little things...like who gets to turn the TV on and off, or who gets to open the door when friends come over? I will never understand how turning on the Christmas lights can turn into an all-out temper tantrum -- but it does. Please tell me I'm not the only one who has to deal with these kinds of silly outbursts.

So in an effort to save my sanity, I came up with this chart idea which I finally sat down and made yesterday afternoon during craft time with the kids (click on the picture to enlarge it and see it clearer).

Every night before I go to bed -- if I remember -- I will rotate the pictures and go over it with the girls in the morning. It is my hope that, at least for awhile, the girls will think this idea is fun and will stop their bickering over some of these little things.

It's worth a shot!

14 comments:

Louise said...

Oh girl I hear ya, sibling fighting is just crazy..it can drive any sane mama nutts!! You should have been here this morning....EEEKK!
That is a great idea! anything is worth a try right?!
HUGS GIRL!

Heather @ Not a DIY Life said...

What a neat idea! Just like the charts of who gets to be the line leader at school, except with cute pictures!

MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

I feel ya sister. Today at McDonalds my son had a COMPLETE MELTDOWN because I attempted to feed him his cheeseburger.

OY. VE. :)

Kellan said...

This is a great idea - so cute too! I need just one for Little Billy and Alexis that says who gets to sit in which seat every time we get in the daggone van - ugh!! They fight about this sort of stuff too - ALL THE TIME!!

Take care, Andrea - Kellan

Pam said...

That is a great idea- I may have to use that when Riley is older. I have heard of the even/odd thing- where one child get to pick on even number days and the other gets odd number days- when there is not equal turns in a month- that mommy gets to pick.

Kelly said...

That is a fantastic idea! I too fight those stupid battles over nothingness and i only have one child old enough to talk. Your girls are so lucky that you think of great stuff like that. I see so many dis-functional families as a teacher but I would love to have your girls in class!

andrea said...

now here's a smart momma!

common mom said...

Seriously? OMG do my kids argue over the stupidest things! The worst lately is the thermostat in the car. When we bought the new vehicle, we thought it would be a great idea for them to have their own thermostat back there because it's always so warm up front and chilly back there.

Oh. My. GAWD! What a mistake! Princess has the temperature control on her side . . . Dude has the fan and on/off control on his side. You see where this is going? Pretty much every time we get in the car, they bicker about it, they tell each other what they're in control of, then I turn their "fun" off from the front, just to show them who's REALLY in control ;-)

I love your chart! It may have to happen in my home soon!

Joanna said...

You're not alone! Anything and everything is fair game to fight over. Sigh

My kids are beyond the chart thing so I just give them the stink eye so they knock it off.

Jody said...

This is hilarious!! What a creative idea to end the frustration even if it ends up being short lived!! Hey one event that ends up "fight free" is worth it's weight in gold. Good job!

melanie said...

I only have one, so I don't have to deal with this.

BUT, when I taught pre-k we had a "job chart" which was the same thing as what you did. And it worked perfectly!

Erin said...

You really do come up wth the neatest ideas. I will have to remember these for the future!!

TammyIsBlessed said...

I hear ya!!!

It's seems especially ironic when they fight over who gets to pray first. :)

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

LOL! What a great idea! I get so frustrated with my kids because of this very thing, and then I have to remember that my brother and I fought over who got to see the peanut butter first when it was freshly opened!

Xandra