Candace - posted on 03/23/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )
My husband and I have 4 beautiful daughters. They are 8, 4.5, 3 & 8 mo. Though they are quite capable of playing nicely together (and often do) they also can VERY quickly turn into arch enemies who are mean and hurtful to one another. Hitting is a rarity but they have become experts at using their words to injure one another ("I didn't CALL her stupid, Mama....I said she was ACTING stupid!". I often find it difficult understanding their relationships and knowing when to intervene since I grew up as a ONLY child to a SINGLE mother. Our number one Family Rule (posted on the fridge for reference...LOL) is "Treat everyone with kindness and respect". My husband was the oldest of 3 boys and tries to remind me that it's important that they resolve their own arguments but there are days when I can't stand to hear any more bickering or growling!! Any thoughts or strategies would be helpful....thanks!!