Allow me to set the scene: it’s cold outside, your kids are stuck indoors, they can’t decide what they’d both be happy to watch on the TV and they’re squabbling like mad. One is playing with the other one’s toys, and the toy owner is not happy. They continue to bicker about who owns what you’re starting to get a headache.
Familiar? It should be! It’s my life and I’m guessing your’s too on occasion.
In fact, it’s probably a flash forward to your life next week when the schools have broken up for Christmas.
Do you know what solves this?
It’s honestly the most simple solution:
Buy them stuff with their name on!
It’s that easy! I would never have never even considered this as a squabble-stopper, but we were sent these personalised mugs from Petit-Fernand and my kids have never got along better. Ever!
It’s really weird how something as simple as having your child’s name on something instantly changes their mood. There’s no room for arguing if you’re drinking from a mug that says ‘Greg’ on when your name is not Greg!
I can’t promise this will work for everyone, but it’s made our chaotic house suddenly peaceful. This was taken before the school run a couple of days ago:
I don’t know about you, but morning is quite a grumpy time in our house. Neither child is a morning person (and if I’m honest, neither parent is either!). The kids sat side by side and watched TV while I got ready to go.
Greg’s not really a big drinker, so I was glad the mug encouraged him to have his water. I think he wanted to be like his sister.
Both mugs are gorgeous designs, which I think helps a lot. Emma’s is beautiful and I want it for myself. I found there were loads of designs to choose from when I was offered some personalised gifts to try. The flamingo design is grown up and trendy, but has enough whimsy for an 8 year old’s drinking receptacle.
There was also opportunity to choose what colour the handle and the inside of the mug would be. There’s so many options, even a fussy person would find something they liked!
Greg particularly like his superhero scene on his mug. He’s very excited about it each morning wen he has a drink. I particularly liked that there are a lot of unisex designs that either girl or a boy would like, so you could get matching mugs with your children’s names on that would be suitable for both genders.
So there you have it. Just whack your kids names on their things and they’ll be friends again! I think personalised gifts are the way forward for our family. They certainly make my kids behave a bit friendlier.
Do you have any hacks for how to help your kids get along?