8 Genius Things Moms Did to Make Their Kids Get Along

8 Genius Things Moms Did to Make Their Kids Get Along

Sibling rivalry is tough on parents, but here’s some help!

By Jeanne Sager

Any parent with two kids or more knows that sooner or later, sibling rivalry is going to rear its ugly head. Probably sooner. It’s entirely possible that the words “He’s touching me!” are programmed into their DNA.

The good news is that arguments with a brother or sister can actually help kids learn social skills they’ll need later in life. The bad news is you just cut that cookie exactly in half, and one kid’s still insisting the other got a bigger piece.

So what’s a parent to do when the kids just won’t get along? We asked moms to ‘fess up to the most ingenious things they’ve ever done to stop the bickering.

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1. “One day when my kids were fighting and both screaming at me to ‘fix it,’ I pretended to fall asleep. I even fake snored. They started laughing and trying to wake me up, and completely forgot what they were fighting over.” -- Jeana B

2. “If they're having a particularly ‘bad’ day I'll try to engage them in something that pits them both together against me (or me and Daddy, if he's home). Team games with them together unified working towards a common goal -- beat the parent -- help them forget how to be terrible to each other for a bit.” -- Rebecca B.

3. “I tell them they can't play together. No one plays better together than two kids that aren't allowed to play together!” -- Terina T.

4. “I cry; they feel bad. They kiss and make up. Mommy guilt is a beautiful thing.” -- Terri W.


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5. “They were arguing over who got more whipped cream (seriously guys?), so I grabbed a second can out of the fridge, marched them both outside and handed them each a can and said ‘Go ahead, spray each other.’ They looked at me like I was nuts, but then they started spraying. They ended up laughing so hard, the fight ended pretty quickly.” -- Courtney D.

6. ‘We don’t have a swear jar in our house; we have a ‘mean jar.’ When one of my sons calls the other one a name, he has to put in a quarter. They still say ‘buttface’ on occasion, but not often.” -- Tina R.

7. “Every time they fight, I now make them write an apology letter -- even if it’s just over who gets to ride in the front seat. It works!” -- Amy B.

8. “I made my own version of the Get Along Shirt!” -- Sandy H.

What do you do when your kids fight?

Jeanne Sager is a freelance writer, photographer and social media junkie. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, daughter, and way too many pets. You can follow her @JeanneSager.

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