After trick-or-treating, any time your kids start to fight with each other, talk back to you, or "forget" to do something they've been told, you don't have to say a thing! Just walk over to their candy bag/bowl/pile and start eating. Do this each time and it will either cut down on fighting, talking back, and "forgetting", or, since you have to suffer, you can do it while eating something delicious!
Brilliant Idea #2
When the children come out of their rooms after the bedtime routine (brushing teeth, using the potty, getting on pajamas, reading stories, saying GOOD NIGHT), we have been giving them extra chores to do, but this has lost effectiveness with the older boys. So, lately, when the 11 year old or 14 year old boy comes out after bedtime, Husband escorts him back to his room and gives him an earnest, informative speech about something necessary, but generally awkward to bring up, like puberty! Or the birds and the bees! Or girls!
Brilliant Idea #3
It took ONE TIME of every child getting on winter gear to go outside and play in the snow and then returning to the house and leaving a trail of wet winter gear in their wake for me to
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