I know should have posted this two weeks ago, or even a week ago, but my brain was so overloaded I couldn't think. Brandon's principal actually played an excerpt of the Hallelujah Chorus at the end of the day on the last day before the break. While it was funny and (very accurately!) conveyed the feeling of the school staff, I think parents probably heard the Psycho EH-EH-EH music in their heads.
I love my children. Dearly. But having them in the house, bored, and underfoot for two weeks is extremely grating on my nerves. The wanted to watch TV all day. When I nixed that and told them to play, it worked.
For precisely 3.2 seconds. Then the bickering would start.
"You don't do it like that!"
"I don't want to play that!"
"No, you can't have that!"
Here's a typical conversation from the holidays at my house:
"No it's not. It's mine!"
"OH MY GOD, WOULD YOU PEOPLE STOP!?!?!"
Then everybody gets sent to their room with the warning that they can come out on pain of death. Of course, the death threat didn't stop them from coming out every minute and a half asking if they could come out, but you know, those 90-second intervals were bliss.
Since locking the children in their rooms indefinitely isn't exactly a child-friendly option, I thought I'd ask those more experienced than me before Spring Break rolls around.
How do you stop your kids from bickering nonstop?