More than one child? Read this!
As you establish routines for September, you may want to consider how you can set up routines that limit the amount of sibling rivalry. Consider all of the things in your household that there might be a ‘first’ for. For example, only one child can shower first, brush their teeth first, be served snack first, be tucked in first, etc. We suggest making a schedule with your children so that they can expect when they will go first and when they won’t. It might look like this:
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Child 1 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 1st
Child 2 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 2nd
Since there are an odd number of days in a week, you can have ‘A weeks’ and ‘B weeks’. Each week, a different child starts the week as 1st.
This small structure will decrease the amount of time you need to spend choosing who will go first, it will decrease sibling rivalry, and it will decrease time that your child spends complaining to you about not going first. Furthermore, it will give your child a sense of security because he/she will know what to expect each day.