Our summer was very full and by its very nature, very fun. Of course we read... a lot.
Caroline went on her first date with Dad. Quite possibly it could be the best thing that has ever happened to her. She talks about it all the time. The dress was my sister's.
Sometimes they simply need space from one another. Sometimes they need something productive for their little hands and feet. And so,
My quick access list of consequences for the oldest two kids:
Money (JI has been mowing lawns this summer. I will pick up his stuff and charge him $1)
Clean windows (The Raineys at FamilyLife recommend that bickering siblings clean different sides of the same window.)
Mop floor in kitchen and/or dining room
**FlyLady says, "Housework done incorrectly still blesses your family."**
Take out trash/compost/recycyling
Eat sauerkraut (JI hates it but CJ loves it)
Run around the block, CJ run in backyard
Pick up sticks in the backyard
Gather dirty laundry from upstairs
Write a letter to someone
Sweep out garage and/or driveway
optional:: leg tied to sibling
Help prepare dinner, set table, chop veggies, stir
Wipe down kitchen cabinets
Lose privilege, ex: friends coming over
No dessert or sweets
Banish to their rooms
Look at one another and say, "I love you and want to be your friend for life."
What consequences work with your tribe?
I'd love more ideas.