Things have been a little tense around here lately. Jillian (5) and Josh (3) have taken to arguing over just about everything. The argument is always the same -- it revolves around being "first" and believe me when I tell you, nearly every event that crops up during the course of a day is up for "discussion."
Who gets to say prayers first.
Who gets to get their hair blow dried first.
Who gets to watch a video first.
Who gets to use the bathroom first.
Who gets to climb into the minivan first.
Who gets a bedtime story read to them first.
You get the idea.
It's been driving me slowly insane.
I tried to keep track of things for a while. You know, I did the whole, "Jilly, you said prayers last night. Tonight it's Josh's turn." But, after a while, I lost track. I'm trying to run a household here and there are a few more pressing issues for me to keep top of mind. So, a few days ago, I took a new approach. I told Jillian that on odd-numbered days, she would get to go first for everything the whole day. Josh would take even-numbered days.
This has worked out perfectly. The arguments have pretty much vanished. Whenever someone starts to whine, I merely point out the date. If you have more than two kids (thankfully, my 10-month-old isn't old enough to argue yet), you could assign a particular day of the week for each child.
It just makes life much more peaceful.
Hey -- listen for a second.
Do you hear that?
What? You don't hear anything?
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