I see a lot of families where the kids (especially as they get a little older) all do their own thing. There is sibling rivalry and a sense of competition between them. I don't want this for my family or my children.
So how am I going to encourage a sense of unity between my children even though they won't be homeschooled?
First of all, I do not encourage a competitive spirit among my children. There are friendly races occasionally, but we make sure we do not focus on winning, but rather on having fun as a family.
Secondly, I encourage each child to help the other one out and strive to make them proud of their individual roles in our family. Princess, as the big sister, is honored that she is able to help care for her younger brother. Little Man, although still very young, is encouraged to turn to his sister when he needs help while being shown at the same time that he can also take care of her (this goes along with teaching him to be a gentleman who respects women).
Thirdly, housekeeping and other tasks are to be done together when possible. Because the kids are still so young, it's usually a necessity that we all work together, but I do plan to continue this as they grow older and more capable. For instance, when I empty the dishwasher, Princess and Little Man work together to carry the dishes over to the counter on the other side of the kitchen so I can put the dishes away in the cupboard. There is no competition to see who can do the most, in fact, Princess takes great pride in the fact that she can help her little brother pick out the lightest dishes to carry.
How do you encourage a sense of unity in your family?
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