Get Along Jar
Would you like to encourage "acts of kindness" between your kids while discouraging the opposite? My kids have plenty of nice and not-so-nice moments with one another. I have wanted to create a "get along jar" for awhile now, and I finally made the time to do it.
All you need is a bucket, a few popsicle sticks, and a marker. I found the bucket at Target for $1, and I bought the large popsicle sticks at Hobby Lobby. My kids are 4 years old and 2 years old. I asked my four year old son to sit down with me while we created the ideas together. He came up with a few of the ideas, and I proposed the others while he agreed to them.
To be honest, I wasn't sure how it would go, but I was excited to give it a try. At the first moment possible, I suggested the get along jar to my kids. They pulled the stick "twinkle, twinkle". My son and daughter joined hands, sang the song, and spun in a circle together. After the song, my son told my daughter, "I love you". She repeated it back to him.
Our first day was a big success, and they were begging to go back to the jar. Like anything, the newness wears off and systems get old. My goal is continue using the jar to encourage positive interactions among my kids. The jar is a tool, and I will continue to use it as long as it appears to be helpful.
You could modify the interactions based on the ages of your kids. I love the ideas of asking your kids to share a large t-shirt for a few minutes. You could encourage them to play a game of cards or help one another with a chore. There are endless ways to implement this system in your home, and the key is finding a way to motivate your kids.