How do they do it?
How do siblings go from playing perfectly to fighting furiously, in a matter of seconds?
Not only is the shift quick and pronounced, but kids seem to have a built in timer — they know the exact moment you sit down for a quiet cuppa; that moment when you relax, and it seems so hard to get out of your chair.
And you wonder why the peace was shattered, and how the change happened so suddenly.
And then you remember: nobody can fight like family.
It’s sibling rivalry, it drives parents nuts, and it’s inevitable if you’ve got more than one child in your home.
So how do you handle it, without losing your cool and making the situation a whole lot worse?
There are probably loads of ways, but here are some tactics, well suited for those of us striving to be positive parents, that I’ve tried and can vouch for –