I have 2 wonderful children who seem to do nothing but fight and argue over EVERYTHING. What to do?

Courtney - posted on 09/22/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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A 5 and 8 year old boy and girl who can not agree on anything. They won't stay away from eachother and constantly fight and tattle tale. I need other methods of dealing with the bickering.

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Suzanne - posted on 09/22/2009

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I've found out that it's not the fighting that gets me but the tattling. I have two boys, 6 and 8, with the same love/hate relationship. I'm learning to stay out of the fight, unless it gets physical and have them handle it themselves without yelling. Or just separate them in two different rooms without any games, tv, radio, etc., this gives them time to cool off and miss playing with eachother.

Leah - posted on 09/22/2009

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every time my kids start that i take each thing off them that they fight over they get three shots after the third toy is gone they then have to sit in a baby play pen with one piece of paper between them, you be suprised how quikly they learn and wat sort of things come from one piece of paper

Tracy - posted on 09/22/2009

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When my children seem to have an endless amount of bickering going on I do one of two things. 1st I seperate them for the whole day, no talking to each other no playing games, nothing. or 2 I find a project for them to do that requires them to work together and that the end result of their working together is something cool. An art project, cupcakes and cookies. something that they have to work TOGETHER at to reap the benefits.

Brenis - posted on 09/22/2009

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When my kids were 5 & 7. They always fought like cats and dogs. One day I was so tired of them fighting that I tied their hands together. They had to stay like that for awhile. They were mad cause they had to figure out how to work as a team. After that i really had no problem out of them. If I started then I would tell them I was going to tie them together again. That usually cured it!!! They are teenagers now and are very close to each other and help one another out.

Lorelei - posted on 09/22/2009

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As a girl who was part of the sibling bickering, there is not much you can do. Me and my brother fought and sometimes it got bad real bad, my mom just made sure that we did not hurt each other and let us have our way. Now 15+ years later we are friends and all is great. You can try making them sit together in the same room and until they can play with out fighting they have to be in there nothing says this will work but it is worth a shot.

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