Monday, May 28, 2012

Motherhood 101: Bickering Edition

Its been a long 14 years, but I think I have finally figured out how to stop my children from bickering.  Its very simple really.  And it involves something I do everyday any way.

I simply talk louder than my children.  When they start bickering/fussing I start yelling over them:

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. 
Ephesians 4: 32

And then if they don't stop you just get louder and louder incrementally  until you are yelling so loud all they can do is stare at you.

I have found this to be very effective in the van where 87.3% of their bickering happens.

But yesterday we were walking into the library and Child Fuss and Child Fight started in on each other. 

Child Fuss suddenly remembered and stopped short and looked at me with wide eyes.

And she said pleadingly,  

"Mom, please don't start yelling Bible verses at us in the parking lot!" 

And all the fussing ceased. 

And I smiled a little smile and we went on our merry way.


  1. I can't wait to try this out on my 17 year old twins!!!!!

  2. I've gotta try this! Thanks for the tip.

  3. Well, the Word is not supposed to return void. :)

  4. You are a genius, my friend.

  5. We have that verse posted in the school room. However, I don't think it is sinking in just yet.

  6. Ok, you are officially my very best friend in the ENTIRE world--whether you want to be or not!! I absolutely LOVE this! I'm going to begin trying it with my own children tomorrow (assuming they don't get into a fight in the next 10 minutes before they have to go to their rooms to begin settling down (aka: to give me some "kid-free" time). I absolutely love it. Now I'm looking forward to the next fight. :P Well.....sort of. I'll try to remember to let you know how it goes. :D