Friday, June 19, 2009

A Sure-Fire Way to Stop the Bickering

I've found a sure-fire way to stop my kids from bickering, which seems to happen all too often. I'm a wizard. A magician. A sorceress.

What is this magical recipe for success?

I sing.

Perhaps you're thinking of melodious, soothing lullabies or uplifting songs to diffuse the mood and raise the spirit. 

Uh uh.

I sing loud, off key, bad 70s hits, songs from musicals and old TV shows, and annoying commercials. Really loud. I sing so loud that my kids' ears ring and they beg me to stop. They get so distracted by my disharmonious, braying cacophony that their ears burn, their cochleae melt, and all memory of the previous five minutes is burned from their brains.

Works every time. (Well, almost.)

Photo by braska23 from here


  1. How do you come up with this stuff? Now I'm gonna have to try it because I've got nothing else that works and I'm getting pretty desperate.

  2. Hilarious. We just need to all sing more often anyway, I think, as well.

  3. Excellent! Love it. I find singing at unexpected moments to be quite effective, along with just about anything with shock value. Thanks for the reminder!

  4. Ha ha, Era! It's sheer desperation!