4 and 5 year olds non stop fighting

CJ - posted on 06/26/2015 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My 5 year old step daughter and 4 year old son are constantly bickering back and forth. I've tried tuning them out, stopping it quickly, changing the subject, solving the argument, taking away talking privilege, time-out....nothing is working!

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Elizabeth - posted on 06/26/2015

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Kids are always looking for attention from adults. Most would prefer positive but will accept negative also. I would try to jump on any little positive thing before an argument begins such as " Tommy I noticed how you waited so patiently for your turn on the swing! It must have been hard to wait, you are getting to be such a big boy!" " Mary thank you for getting right off the swing! Wow you are getting so good at taking turns!" Even if it feels a little fake and exaggerated kids want to be successful and feel good about themselves. They love it when you point out and appreciate something kind they have done.

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