MONDAYS FOR MOMS – HOW DO YOUR KIDS GROW UP TO BE BEST FRIENDS? THIS FACT ABOUT SIBLING RIVALRY WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE! – I don’t agree with the author’s later statement that arguing or fighting with a sibling is disobeying God, but I definitely see value in parents teaching their children how to resolve conflict through a variety of ways, including stepping back and not interfering with every little issue.
“Our two youngest children, Brandon and Kayla, are two years apart. When they were old enough to begin fighting over their toys, I was going a bit stir crazy running interference for every argument. You know what I’m talking about: “Who had it first? Give that back to your sister. Don’t take that from your brother.”
One day I watched a documentary about sibling rivalry. I don’t remember who produced the show, but it changed my life! In the documentary, siblings who were prone to fight were placed in a room without a parent present. During that time the children played graciously with one another. But as soon as mom entered the room, the fighting began. Their mother attempted to bring peace and justice to their conflict. Amazingly, as soon the mother left the room, the siblings went back to playing peacefully.
In numerous case studies, different siblings displayed the same behavior. Researchers have determined that for some reason, the children enjoyed involving their mother in their disputes. It was almost like a game where each child would tried to “win” their mother’s defense. When mother would defend one child, he would “get a point.” And when mother came to the aid of the other child she was “awarded a point.” The show ended by hinting that mothers would do well to allow their children to resolve their own struggles without getting involved, thus removing the children’s motivation to argue.”
Revocation of Independence – In light of the government shutdown and the more troublesome posts, I found this pretty funny. (And I especially thought of my friend Johanna, settling into her life in the UK. :)) You’ll have to read the whole thing here!
“In a fit of anger her majesty Queen Elizabeth II issued the following letter to the citizens of United States of America
To the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
In light of your failure to financially manage yourselves and inability to effectively govern yourselves responsibly, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately. (You should look up ‘revocation’ in the Oxford English Dictionary.)
Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths, and territories (except Kansas, which she does not fancy).
Your new Prime Minister, David William Donald Cameron, will appoint a Governor for the former United States of America without the need for further elections. Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire may be circulated sometime next year to determine whether any of you noticed.
To aid in the transition to a British Crown dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:
- You will learn that the suffix ˜burgh” is pronounced “burra”; you may elect to spell Pittsburgh as ˜Pittsberg” if you find you simply can’t cope with correct pronunciation. Then look up “aluminum” and check the pronunciation guide. You will be amazed at just how wrongly you have been pronouncing it.”