From the moment that my boys
open in their eyes in the morning,
they start clobbering each other.
In an effort to promote peace
and sanity during these long summer days,
I made two peace jars for the boys.
If I see them acting kind to one another
or being peaceful toward me by obeying,
I just grab a red bean from my bean bowl
and drop a peace bean into their jar.
One rule is that they are
allowed to point out to me
that they deserve a bean if I didn't notice.
This means that they often
set themselves up to get along
and then yell to me from across the house.
I hear them say things like...
"Mom, I just didn't hit Koen back!"
or "Hey mom, I shared my toy with Griffin!"
As the beans stack up
they can earn privileges and prizes.
It's totally working!
We've had a great start to our summer.
If I hear them arguing
I just remind them about their peace jar
and they simmer down pretty quickly.
I lurve Peace Beans!!