Ideas to Get Your
Child to Form
Healthy Habits

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Ideas to get your child to strengthen sibling bonds

Did you know that it can take more than 66 days to form a habit? Create a plan that includes incentives and education to get your voice heard and make it last. Here are some ideas to get you started. Tailor a plan according to your particular parenting style and beliefs. Use whatever fits, ignore what doesn't and add your own. Need more info? Read our article "How to Get Your Children to Sleep, Eat Better, Do Homework Faster & More".

Ways you can incentivize productive decision making:
Let them save Gift Dollars and suggest gifts they can buy each other when they have saved enough.
Teach kindness by allowing them to forgive tickets at allowance time.
Verbally praise or reward them when they perform acts of kindness towards each other.
Create opportunities for them to do activities together, whether it be a game, a craft, a fort or something else that's fun.
Try not to interrupt them when they are happily playing. Wait just a little bit longer.
Use oxytocin to get children bonding through laughing, being outdoors, dancing, singing, roughhousing, hugging and more.
Make saying "good night" and "I love you" to each other a regular routine at the end of every day.
When one child gets hurt, let them all have a part in helping to nurture that sibling, even the ones that may have caused the harm. Let them get band-aids, ice packs, or just be medical assistant.
Let your children nurture one another. Have them have a small amount of responsibility taking care of tasks that benefit another sibling, such as helping younger ones tie their shoelaces or read a book.
Let your children know you love them uniquely, not equally. Be specific in your praise such as "You buttoned your shirt all by yourself."
Be careful to avoid comparing them to each other such as, "your baby sister has better table manners than you, and you're almost 6!" It can cause hostility and resentment.
Promote the idea of team. If you roughhouse, let it be children against the adults. Create a scavenger hunt where they have to work together. Have them create thank you cards together.
Let them earn and save for an item they can both enjoy. Perhaps sweeten the deal by going in on half of the cost.
Teach kids healthy conflict resolution skills, like listening, expressing their own needs without attacking the other person, and looking for win-win solutions.
At dinner, discuss the best and least favorite parts of the day to learn about one another and settle differences.
Don't short-change siblings that may be getting less attention, such as when a new baby arrives. Make sure to carve out time to make each child feel important.
Remind your children about the bigger picture. "This will always be your brother. This will always be your sister. You may leave or lose friends. But your family will always be your family."
Ways you can keep them accountable and on track:
Promote family when they argue. Remind them that even when we get mad at one another or fight, we still love one another.
If they fight over something – be it a toy, movie, or computer game – remove the privilege of using that particular object from all parties.
If they get into an argument, the last person who transgressed has to pay the fine. Tell them that the correct course of action is to go to an adult earlier on.
If they are getting into an altercation, separate them and give them time to cool down. Then help them express their frustration in a more positive way.
Ways you can educate them for long-term intrinsic reasoning:
Let them watch videos created for children around the subject of sharing and caring.
Let them watch videos created for children around the subject of teamwork.
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When it happens...

verbally acknowledge, give expectations, educate, and write it down.

Look for Opportunities

Whenever the opportunity arises to educate around this topic, do so.

Repeat at Allowance

At allowance time, review, incentivize and repeat your messaging again.

Remember, habit change takes a long time so be patient!
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