Jul 24, 2013

Mommy Moments - When Summer Break is too much together time for kids!

When in doubt about how to get the kiddos to get along during school breaks - separate them.

If that doesn't seem to work, or you want them to learn to get along - make them play a game together - come up with a NEW way to play an old game - or work together on a fun project (like a welcome home banner for Dad who is on a work trip) - oversee them for a few minutes to get them started - then tell them to find the best way to work together without arguing!  

You can even offer a prize or incentive for getting along well! (yes I do resort to bribing my kids on occasion)

There is always taking them to a local park to let them run off steam - but during hot and humid summer days the park is not always the best idea.  And what about when mom is trying to get housework (or blogging) done?  Well, again I say separate the little monkeys and give them each something to do alone - read a fun book, color a picture or two, fold towels or washrags (ideas for younger kids) - CLEAN YOUR ROOM - lol for the older ones, or play something alone - 

AND if all else fails - call in the Grandparents for help!

Any ideas?  Please leave comments below with YOUR school break ideas for helping the kiddos not argue, fuss and drive Mom insane! ;)

Mom Loves 2 Read is the Mother of Three Active little monkeys children ages almost 12, 8 and 5.  These are my personal experiences, thoughts and anecdotes and may differ from your own experiences or opinions.


  1. It's times like these I'm thankful I just have one ;) And I am a firm believer in pulling out the bribes when necessary!

    1. I agree - bribes (within reason) can save this mom from stressing out and "blowing" up at the kids when it gets too much - I use reward bribes - if you will do . . . . then you can have . . . . (Wii, DS, Movie, whatever) as a reward. It usually works - but bribes are mostly a last resort! :) thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  2. Amen! What a great post! Bribes can be an amazing thing, as can the aunts and uncles, and grandparents if you have!!

  3. Finding a few home crafts to keep my oldest son busy helps.
    Shipping them to grandmas for a week at the beginning and the end of the summer helps too.

  4. No shame in bribing. It can be a wonderful tool =p

  5. Love this post! Although I have to admit, I have called in the grandparents one too many times this summer! My kids love to argue but then the next second they are best friends! And bribery is a big yes!


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