The two sisters in this house have reached a bit of a stumbling block in their otherwise lovely relationship. Play sessions are constantly interrupted by tears and stomping and words like, “That’s not fair!” or “You’re not being nice!” Frustration, sadness, anger, jealousy – we’re getting to explore and discuss all those emotions in great detail these days. They are both asserting their own ideas and thoughts, which is wonderful — but clashes are bound to happen. I know they will find a way to work through this phase, to (hopefully) cooperate more than they compete. In the meantime, this momma has to be more involved in the playtime, and more prepared to offer a distraction or diversion when necessary.
Today, we colored.
We needed something quick and simple to change the atmosphere in the house, to relax. I grabbed a stack of paper and a black marker and started drawing random doodles. Then, we all sat down and colored together. Quietly. Ahhhhh. In fact, Natalie named these “relaxing doodles,” so there you go…
Sometimes a bath works, or a walk, or a leisurely picnic-style snack. Sometimes a stack of books does the trick. I’m definitely starting out my days now with a few quick ideas in my mind, so I’m ready when I hear, “Moooommmmm! She’s giving me a mean look!”
How do you manage the bickering? What are your “magic” diversions?
Happy (peaceful) playing!