- Memory: Review Proverbs 15:1
- Bible: Read Proverbs 14:29, 19:11 & 20:3
- Accident Zone: Find a paved gentle slope (for me, it’s my driveway). Draw a road lines from the top to the bottom of the hill. Then put some obstacles on the path like empty milk jugs or weighted cereal boxes. Bring your children, and have them coast on their bikes or trikes down the slope. Did they avoid the obstacles? Why or why not? Discuss how getting in an argument or fight is like running into an obstacle. Quarrels hurt both parties involved. Be wise and avoid the danger!
- Make a Plan: Conflict between siblings is going to happen. No way to avoid it. But instead of just getting frustrated by their bickering, be proactive and seize the opportunity to train in character. I’m admitedly no expert on this topic. And I haven’t had much success in dealing with my children’s arguments. But I want to keep working at it! So here’s my newest plan:
1. Have them each state their view of the problem
2. Require them both to give up a little bit in order to serve the other person.
3. Pray together for peace.
We’ll see how it works. We’re going to create a traffic sign hanging to remind us of the “Steps to Peace”: a stop sign (stop and talk), a yield sign (give up) and crosswalk sign (go to the Lord).