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PARENTING STRATEGIES FOR PEACE

No, I’m not talking about organizing parents to work for world peace although that is a worthy goal. I’m talking about strategies to work for a peaceful home—yours.

Any home with kids in it is bound to be chaotic at times, everybody knows that. But it is not healthy for children or parents to live in a house where there is a high level of human and electronic noise, where those who occupy the house are constantly bickering, where every room is messy and nobody can find anything in the mess.

There are three areas that need attention in such a house: the noise level, the quality of human interaction, and the mess.

1) KEEP THE NOISE LEVEL DOWN. Turn off TV and radios when you leave the room. Invest in carpets and wall hangings to absorb some of the sound. Don’t buy toys that talk to your toddler because they are not only noisy but stifle imagination–better your child makes up what Elmo says. No slamming of doors or clattering of pots. Remind children to use their indoor voices indoors and save the yelling for the playground. Establish a new family rule: We don’t talk to anyone unless we are in the same room facing each other.

2) DON’T TOLERATE CONSTANT BICKERING. Every time you got two siblings in the same room there will be some bickering. But from the get-go teach your children you expect them to play nicely together or they will be separated. Model the pleasant way grown-ups interact (most of the time anyway). Teach children how to resolve issues without fighting, bad-mouthing, or screaming.

3) CLEAN UP/PREVENT MESSES.

Involve the entire family in a giant clean-up day. Throw out what is not needed, find a place for everything that is needed, and set up another new family rule. Everyone who doesn’t put things where they belong when finished with them will be fined, including the parents. Think twice before you make a purchase. Remember it adds to all the stuff that clutters the house.

A peaceful home is quiet, filled with people interacting pleasantly, and tidy. Just what Mother used to say: Don’t make so much noise, stop fighting with your brother, and put away your toys!

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