I first saw this idea over on Steady Mom, and I have no idea why I didn't implement the lucky day order the moment I read that post. I told myself we'd try it out this summer or next year, then forgot about it completely until I saw a link to the post recently. Actually, it was right around the time we adopted the new dog, and I thought the lucky day order would be a great way to settle doggie disputes. Because of course they both wanted to feed the dog or let him out of the crate or even pick up poop. Yes, my children fight over who will pick up poop. They are in love with poop scooping. And not with a big tool . . . no, they adore grabbing it by the handful with a plastic bag. I still can't get over this fact.
|Those sweet faces wouldn't find things to fight about.|
To curb the contant battling, I followed Jamie's suggestion and picked a kid to have a lucky day. She got to do all of those fun doggie things, plus go out the door first when we leave the house (yes, they fight over that, too), select their choice of games we play, and any other situation that might come up. The next day, it's the next kid's lucky day. Just continue the rotation, and it works for two kids or twenty.
Now, my kids still fight. Believe me, they find things to fight about that cannot be solved by the lucky day rule. Go figure. But it really does eliminate some of the ridiculous battles over the little things. You know, the stuff that drives you nuts.
The best part? I don't have to remember who did what last. They always remember whose lucky day it is. Oh yes, they remember.