In his book, Making Children Mind without Losing Yours, Dr. Kevin Leman says: ”When two children start fighting, it is best to guide them to a room elsewhere in the house, or possibly to the backyard. Give them instructions to continue fighting until they have worked out their problem. Leave them to their ‘fight.’ In most cases, when you give children permission to fight, they won’t. They merely stand and look at each other…their fighting, for the most part, was designed to get the parents needlessly involved in their hassles. The sooner parents learn to stay out of their children’s hassles, the sooner they will teach their children greater responsibility and accountability.”
Great advice! Here are 10 strategies to employ when your children are fighting. Family First President, Mark Merrill, shares how he strives to keep the peace with 5 children in his house.
Huddle up with kids tonight and say: “The next time you all start fighting; I am going to send you all to ___________ to work out your differences.”