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C'est la Vie: Bickering and Quarreling (AKA. the waking hours)

I've seen more than a handful of Facebook posts from my mom friends sharing about how tough summer break has been. Kids are home and days are suddenly full of discord...  not exactly the summer "break" we were all hoping for. Although, it does feel like it will break you.

I've tried several different tactics so far in the hope of creating peace. They have "tickets" for ALONE TIME that they can cash in each day. I've tried using a reward system: for every hour they can go without fighting, they can earn a small prize. And then I started realizing that just keeping them from arguing was becoming my full time summer job! I knew I needed help.

The National Center for Biblical Parenting has many great resources. You can even sign up for their free e-newsletter that sends parenting tips right to your inbox. Here is their recommendation on Sibling Conflict and a book that could be helpful too!

Being a parent is just another reminder of how much I need a God who is loving and patient with me - because I need all the love and patience I can muster to be a parent.


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