Tonight, I was really frustrated with the negative interactions between our oldest kids. When I asked our six year old what we could do to avoid repeat performances, she said, “Why don’t we post Dolch House rules around the house to remind us of how to act?” This led to a wonderful conversation about what kind of rules to have and where to post them. It also included how to phrase the rules in positive light i.e. Be Kind instead of Don’t Fight. This is something we do at school with our students and what I have recommended to other families in my private consulting.
Why didn’t I think of the obvious? Thankfully, our eldest did.