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Ahhh, there’s nothing like the sweet life of summer. Quiet afternoons, sipping lemonade with my feet propped up…
Not exactly. But one can dream a bit, right?
Seriously though, I am enjoying summer and it’s flying by. I love summer so much that I’m digging my feet into the ground in effort to make it slow down a bit. However, there is one thing that has wearied me this summer. Maybe you’ve heard of it?
Sorry, was that a shout?!
I had to yell so you could hear me over the “Mo-om, he’s doing it again.” “She started it.” Ahem.
Perhaps I exaggerate. Just a tad. But wow, do we ever need to work on words that are flying from one sibling to another! For our family’s house rules, the first one is “Be kind.” So I frequently say to my children, “If you will follow the first rule, then you won’t have to even think of most of the others.”
Today I’m sharing the list of phrases that would be great for brothers and sisters to share with one another. If you’re like us and need a sibling rivalry break, then feel free to use this list of 20 things to say to encourage your sibling.
“But this will only give them something more to argue over.”
Perhaps we’ll make it a competition. Maybe the reward is surprise treats from Mom when she overhears SINCERE praise from one sibling to another. Just an idea. Would love to hear yours!
1. Thanks for helping me.
2. You can do it.
3. Good job!
4. Way to go!
5. That was cool.
6. I’m glad I got to see you accomplish that.
7. Let’s try again.
8. I’m sorry.
9. No problem.
10. It’s okay.
11. Yes, you did it! I knew you could.
12. May I help you?
13. Wow- that was creative!
14. I’d love to.
15. You did awesome!
16. Sure, let’s go.
17. I appreciate what you did.
18.Want to play _________ together?
19. Let’s do it!
20. I’m thankful for you.
Having encouraging words to use IN PLACE of the words so often used between siblings can be transforming if we take the time to work on it. So I’m off to do that. And a few dozen other things.
HUGE thanks to our reader, Faith, for the awesome suggestion of this list!!
Have a fabulous Friday!