Do you have kids at home? If so, then I’m pretty sure your house is similar to mine-lots and lots of arguing between the kids over EVERYTHING! My little girls (especially the 4 and 6 year old) will argue about anything and everything. Even if there isn’t anything to argue about, they will find something to fight about. Oh, I can just imagine the teenage years now!
I was excited to receive The Pocket Referee in the mail. It’s simple to use, and it has helped the arguing so much in my house. To use, one person is chosen to be the coin “holder”. When a conflict comes up, the coin holder can choose to have her way, but she must give the coin to her sister. Or, the coin holder can give let her sister have her way and save the coin for a later, more important conflict.
It’s amazing how well it works! I chose to give my oldest daughter, Isabella, the coin first. I was waiting for the usual arguments to begin: “I was sitting there before she was!” or “I had it first!” or “I was going to play with that first!” or “I wanted to watch iCarly instead!”.
As soon as Isabella came home, the first argument had begun. Isabella, tired and grumpy after a long day at kindergarten, wanted to lay on the couch.Elizabeth, my 4 year old, immediately runs to the couch (usually just to aggravate her sister.) Isabella was just about to start screaming at her sister when I reminded her about her coin. I told her she could get the couch, but she would have to give up the coin. Or she could keep the coin and lay somewhere else. She knew that coin was too good to waste on the couch, and she snuggled up in the chair instead.
Wow! I was amazed at how well it worked! More potential arguments presented themselves over the next few hours…what to watch on TV, where to sit at dinner, who gets to sit on Mommy during reading at night. Isabella held on tight to that coin until it was time read at night…she finally gave it up so she could be the one to sit on my lap while we read books.
When my younger daughter gets old enough to argue over everything like her sisters, I will simply use a 2nd “gold” coin. Two kids will get the coins, but in an argument whoever holds the gold coin has more power.
Want to buy one for your kids? Just head over to their website today! Believe me, you will be glad you did!
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