My two older kids fight. A lot. More than most siblings do, in my opinion. What's worse is when the two year old gets involved. They fight with words, pokes, shoves, and general meanness.
As we try to model and live our lives in the context of a biblical worldview, this is really difficult to see as parents. I decided to demonstrate how to stop fighting.
As a little object lesson, the children and I went outside.
I had them stand fairly close together, and I asked them to play catch. After a few minutes, I quietly instructed Brother to drop the ball.
We then discussed why the game stopped immediately. Then, we talked about fighting and arguing and how if one person stops the words, the arguing just stops.
I told the children to remember to "drop the ball" later if an argument began. Later that day, I overheard one child say to other to drop the ball. Hmm. Not quite what I was looking for, but it wasn't long before we had the chance to remember to "drop the ball."
We've had plenty of opportunities to "drop the ball"- even me. Is this a lesson your children (or you) need today?
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