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(My Zoo Animal named Ayden trying to have a pillow fight! ๐Ÿ˜€ )

My low this week is my house full of zoo animals (otherwise known as Nicholas, Ayden and Piper) and their constant bickering and just lovin’ to annoy each other. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Although I absolutely love the summer since it allows my kids to sleep in, spend time with their friends, and just enjoy being kids, I also struggle with the sibling arguments over silly things and the lack of any “me” time (I know all you moms/dads out there understand the importance of “me” time even if it is just for 5 minutes!). Do any of you have any tips on how to handle constant bickering amongst siblings?!

My high this week has been enjoying my time in the kitchen (and keep in mind that I regularly go through highs and lows when it comes to anything related to kitchen activities so I am very happy about the fact that I am currently enjoying myself). I have been trying out various recipes and just experimenting. I’m really lovin’ the mason jar meals I’ve been concocting – fun to eat and easy to take with you if you’re in a time crunch. Google mason jar meals if you have no clue what I’m talking about. I made mason jar chicken and quinoa salads and yogurt with granola, fruit, and honey parfait jars! So good!

Also, since my hubby is doing the gluten-free thing (I am most of the time as well), I’ve had fun trying out various gluten-free flours and trying to concoct muffins and cookies that actually taste like muffins and cookies! Yesterday I cheated just a bit… a friend brought me a yummy gift since she knows we are mainly eating gluten free – Pamela’s Wheat Free, Gluten Free Ultra Chocolate Brownie Mix. I made a batch last night and to be quite honest, they are gone. Yep… all 5 of us (everyone in the fam!) scarfed these down. You can’t even tell they are gluten-free AND they actually taste better than really any other brownie mix I’ve tried! Now if I could figure out how to make these from scratch. Help please. ๐Ÿ™‚

[h2s_box]Every Wednesday, I share my high(s) and low(s) for the past week and I encourage you to do the same in the comment section below. My high(s) will simply be the best or most exciting thing that happened to me over the last week or so and my low(s) will be something not so great that took place. [/h2s_box]

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  1. Amy D.

    FIRST OFF – IF you EVER find an answer to the sibling fights you’d be an instant MILLIONAIRE!! LOL I have two boys ages 4 and 3 and already its the pastime of choice in our home! Also, your mason jar meals look delicious and I will definitely be googling for a quick and easy work lunch…. isn’t it strange how siblings get along a play perfectly one minute and the next they are one on one?!? But then again, my brother and I fought relentlessly growing up and now that he’s 800 miles away in NY I miss him terribly, oh how things change =) I look forward to the day when my boys are best friends, as for now, they are literally, Jekyl and Hyde, only opposites at opposite times LOL

  2. Sharon

    I am struggling with the bickering and not get any ME time as well. It is so hard when we are with our kids 24/7. Thankfully my son has been going to baseball camp for 2 1/2 hrs ea morning this week and next week my daughter is going to camp M-F from 9-4, so I will at least only have 1 child to deal with, but its still not ME time. Its too expensive to put them in too many activities, so I have just been trying to keep them busy with play dates and swimming at whatever else I can do to keep them entertained. I have decided over the past few years after becoming a stay at home mom, that I just have to get through the 3 months of summer break and then I can get some me time back. Ahhhh, the joys.

    • Crystal

      I feel like I never get any ME time whatsoever. It is rewarding but so exhausting being a stay at home mom. My husband works a whole lot so I’m with my kids 24/7. My 4 yr old daughter will be going to school in the fall but I will still have my 1 year old son with me. Luckily my kids don’t bicker too much.

  3. Nicole

    My mom used to have my brother and I get on our knees nose to nose when we wouldn’t stop bickering. What happened was we’d start laughing before our knees even touched the floor and the bickering was over.

    • Amy D.

      This is hilarious and SO would’ve worked with my brother and I. I will have to try this when my boys get a little older!

    • mary

      I would make my twin girls get nose to nose standing in the front window of our house (we live in a small town, but on a busy road!) Same thing happened with them… the giggling would start and the bickering would end! They are now teenagers and bring that up all the time saying they will do it with their own kids!!

      • Megan

        I have custody of my brothers, and when they were 12/13 they fought ALL the time.. so I made them hug.. and for each protest after I told them to hug, it added 30 seconds to their hug time.. lol once they hugged for 3 minutes!

  4. Melissa

    I wish I had a foolproof solution to the squabbles – we go through it at our house too, especially now that it’s summer and the girls are home together all the time. I try to keep my distance a bit and let them sort out their differences (they are 5 and 3), and sometimes I am amazed that it really works! Sometimes I do have to step in though. The other thing we do that helps is for them to pray for each other at bedtime. it’s really heartwarming to hear and helps them bond. : )

  5. Christine

    Sorry no advice! But you really brought back a happy memory of me and my siblings annoying each other!

      • mar

        So this isn’t easy but I have two kiddos that are 1 1/2 apart when they were small it was cute but they constantly fought somewhere in the middle they became best friends and I got a few years break and they would even finish each others sentences. When my oldest became 13 the younger one became resentful. Now they argue all the time. About the dumbest thing. I keep telling them to stop. I felt like a recorder, stop that, don’t say that, put that back, don’t hurt your brother, you didn’t mean that, and my all time favorite, say your sorry!

        Well I just tried something new. It is working any time they get into a fight I give them a chore here is the kicker though they have to do it together and they cannot complaint, nag one another or talk ill. When one does something the other while working together has to help and do an even better job. I allow to compete but in a healthy way. Both my sons are very competitive against one another. This isn’t a bad quality I learned in psychology class, however, it needs to be demonstrated in a healthy way. I encourage Kudos and teaching one anther with patience. If they do the work all mad together. I give them another chore and another until I see them working together instead of against each other.

        This was hard at first but they argue less now, talk more on how to resolve the problem and if it can’t be ironed out they walk away quietly. My house is no longer a fighting match but a quite place of resolutions. It took months but I think they are getting the hang of it.

  6. Sonya Love-Smith

    Highs~I applied for jobs. Something I haven’t done for 18 years. Lows~I don’t like the job I’ve had for 18 years.

  7. michelle

    can you post the recipes for all the mason jar meals you tried? what do you recommend?

      • Amy D.

        hey… while you’re at it how about some tips on that in ground trampoline we saw ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ totally awesome!!

  8. michelle

    Nicole- my husband’s parents did the nose to nose thing and now we do it to our 7 and 4 year old. Works like a charm ๐Ÿ™‚ and its comical

  9. Lisa

    I make salads a lot in jar seems like the lettuce stays fresher been doing mason jars for a good while love it does not take up space either

  10. Sharon

    I had a friend who would put them to washing windows. One inside and one outside on the same window! They would start making faces at each other and end up laughing. Good way to get the windows clean, too.

  11. Misty

    In regards to you mention of all the gluton-free flours, I found that I could make my own Quinoa flour yesterday by simply using my coffee/spice grinder to grind up quinoa into flour. Yeah ๐Ÿ™‚

    • sue

      That is a great idea. I will have to try that. Thanks!

  12. Emily

    If your kids aren’t chasing each other down with things they can use as weapons then they’re doing better than my brother and I. We both made it through alive and unharmed but there were screwdriver holes in hollow bedroom doors after one fight. A coaster that left a nice mark on the wall and more. Too hot headed for our own good. We get along much better now.

    • Amy D.

      LMAO you sound like me, I hate to talk about how violent we were in today’s society but boy were we bad!! We were fighting to the death! So many times we had calls too close for comfort and even slight injuries, which today is so taboo, you can’t tell me your kids don’t bite each other or hit or throw things, what do you have, ANGELS?!?! LMAO

  13. Tomi

    My sis has 4 boys and she makes them hold.their hands while outing when they start to fight. They hate that. Lol

    • Tanya W

      Ha, that’s awesome… especially when they act up while walking to school in front of friends ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Robin

    I totally understandthe “me” time. As a sahm and two oldest homeschooled I feel like I never get time for me. sad part is my husband thinks its crazy that I feel I need time for me. So when i had my annual checkup the NP made some suggestions on how to deal with perimenapause and one was take some time for yourself even if you have to go to your room and close the door little while. My kids are old enough 5, 10 and 13 that i can do that now and not feel like i am neglecting them.

  15. Jackie

    Where do you get the mason jars? I have seen them at the grocery store, is that the best place to get them? Is there another place cheaper?

    • Jesse

      I’ve been wondering the same thing. I’d like to see a post on the best freezer safe Mason jar deals!

    • CA

      Dollar General usually stocks them, but in our area you have to ask because they keep them in the back store room. Also, this time of year, WalMart usually has them as well.

    • Brandi @ Savvy Student Shopper

      Check yard sales, flea markets and thrift stores. Also give Freecycle a try! I usually aim to pay 10-25 cents/jar (they are much higher at the thrift stores near me though). I’m a canner, so I’m always looking for cheap jars! I also collect the blue vintage Ball Jars (and can usually pick them up for $1 or so with luck).

      • Northeasterner

        Joann’s & use the 50% off coupons. Joann’s let’s you use as many coupons as you have items. Unlike Michael’s where you are limited to one coupon only!

  16. Laurie

    I saw on FB the “Get Along Shirt” a very large mans t-shirt and you make them wear it both smooshed in there together til they get along! The kids can help decorate it/ label it. Along the same lines as staring at each other, it makes it funny.

    As far as the ME time, I get next to none with being a SAHM w/ a husband who travels a lot. What has helped me the most, is simply realizing that I am full of self pity (i didnt even get to shower/workout/etc, today) and feeling as if i am a victim. I should instead try to look at what i can do differently so i am empowered, and in charge of things. i should be full of gratitude for all the blessings in my life, esp when so many people have situations worse than mine.

  17. Kristen

    I noticed improvement in the sibling bickering when I started complementing them individually in front of the others in a way that joins the others in. “Isn’t your sister so sweet?” “Wow, look how brave he is!” I emphasize that we love each other. Keep going! When they do well, let ’em know! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Christine

    Best gluten free ice cream: Susan’s Ice Cream Essentials All Natural Double Fudge Brownie. It is the best! The woman who was stocking it at my local grocery store told me it is made be Edy’s. No wonder it tastes so good:)

  19. Diane

    When my kids were young I belonged to a babysitting co-op. This gave me a chance to get some time alone.

  20. Terry

    We had 4 sons, and we had plenty of fights. Usually they were bored and needed a chore or activity. We live in the country and have a pond with A LOT of lily pads. When there was a BIG fight, the boys had to put on their life jackets (I supervised to make sure this was done), climb in the canoe, paddle out, and pull out 10 lily pads each. The lily pads really smelled! Between the smell and the activity, this usually got the boys talking/laughing. (They were also a little dirty when they got back, but well worth the time to settle the fight.) During winter, they had to put on winter gear and run around the house (a ranch style house) 10 times while I counted. Again, they were laughing/talking when they got back. My neighbor still laughs about the creative way the fights were settled. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Carrie

    I eat primarily wheat free and know what a struggle it is to find something that tastes like its wheat counterpart. I am not a baker so I tend to buy pre-made GF baked goods. I think the best GF product is Tate’s Bake Shop GF chocolate chip cookies and brownies. They are located in Southampton, NY but ship everywhere and alway send out discounts. Your husband will love you forever, I promise.
    Better Batter is a great cup for cup flour replacement if you want to bake from scratch. It’s also much cheaper, and in my opinion, much better than Cup4Cup. I think you would be able to easily substitute it in place of wheat flour in your favorite recipe. I also use it for awesome fried chicken.
    Another new GF obsession is from a company called FLax4Life- mini flax muffins in the chocolate brownie flavor. They sound WAY healthier than they taste. I literally eat them frozen out of the freezer for dessert.
    I hope this helps!

  22. audrea

    I’ve got to be honest, your kids look like little angels! Do they really fight? Lol

  23. susie

    I homeschool my kids during the summer months. Reading and writing in the morning, chores,lunch, math,then go out side until snack time,come in have snack ,watch movies or free time.By the time it’s movie free time it’s almost 4:00 so onto the showers and dinner. It makes our days argument free. Chores or extra good behavior will get them a fake dollar which they can use to go shopping in Mom’s prize box.(small trinket toys I have picked at after holiday sales)

  24. bunny

    Collin, there is a GF flour on the market called Cup4Cup. You basically swap this GF flour cup for cup with any standard wheat flour. I’ve made my nephew brownies with this flour and he says he can’t tell the difference. There are lots of GF flours on the market and this one is supposed to be the best from what I’ve read in online reviews.

    This flour is available in stores and on-line at Williams Sonoma (sometimes they have specials with free shipping). And while the flour is not cheap, it’s certainly a lot less expensive than buying mixes over the long run. Try it and see what you think.

  25. Christine

    You are going to have so much ME time sooner than you think because the kids grow up way too fast and the fighting will soon be just funny stories to bring up around the table when they have families of their own. I have 5 kids under 7 and love every minute I can spend with them which is 24/7 because I know they will be grown soon and the ME time will turn into lonely time!

  26. eridqua

    I too struggle with getting any ME time. I am over stressed and overly tired every day and I never get a chance to rest. I teach 120 high energy middle school kids until noon every day, then I have my own little ones to take care of for the rest of the day (and night since hubby works a lot). It’s exhausting and I feel bad because my girls are so excited to see me when I get home and I have zero energy to play with them like they want me to. Luckily my girls (ages 6 and 2) don’t really fight. They play well together, but they always want me to be right there along side them. If I could have just a few minutes to recharge I feel like I would be such a better mom and in a better mood. This has been my “low” for a while now. But as for my “high” this week, school is out after tomorrow, so at least I will be free of teaching for 2 months. Maybe that will help me recharge a little bit. Still need to work in some ME time though!

    • Ada - Lovin Him

      Have you thought of hiring a “mothers helper” for maybe a couple hours a few days of the week? Maybe one of your middle schoolers could come and play with your girls an give you a little break. If you know a nice young girl who likes kids, she’d probably be happy to do it for very little money just for the emjoyment and the future babysitting experience. Or you could be creative and pay her with things from your stockpile. A friend of mine has a teenage babysitter that sits quite often and loves to be paid in things like razors, shave cream, cosmetics, facial cleaners, snacks and other things my friend gets for next to nothing thanks to Colin’s Hip2save blog ๐Ÿ™‚

      • eridqua

        Obviously the big problem with getting a sitter is money. The reason I frequent this site is because I’m trying to save money just to survive! But I like your creative idea of paying with stockpile items! I also need to get to know more people in my area. I just moved a few months ago and that has made it difficult to get a sitter I know and trust. I’m hoping I can get to know some of the mommies this summer and maybe they’d be willing to do trades once in a while. Man, that would be so nice. I used to have a great mommy support group when my first daughter was a baby but we moved and things were never the same in our new community. This place we’re in now seems more kid-oriented so I’m hoping for some positive change!

        • Christine

          My friends and I rarely pay for babysitters, because we all just takes turns babysitting each other’s kids! It definitely helps to get connected to other moms in your area, and make friends! Plus, having play dates where the kids run off and play with each other, leaves you some adult-mommy-conversation time!

  27. Steph

    Oh geez! This is a discussion I’ve had with many a mother lately. It’s exhausting, isn’t it?

  28. Shelley

    I loved this post. I have 2 girls ages 10 and 8 1/2 and they are 20 months apart. HOLY COW can they argue OMGODDNESS!!! They over carpet lint it is so out of hand :). It sort of makes me feel better knowing my two aren’t the only two that argue. I have one brother who is 12 years younger than me (no one in between us) and we never fought EVER! I only had the usual fight with my parents as I didn’t want to babysit LOL! Anyways thanks for posting this ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Ada - Lovin Him

    My kids are grown and my โ€œbabyโ€ is 19 now so a different set of issuesโ€ฆ However I have to share a couple things that were successful when our four were young.

    We memorized Ephesians 4:29 one summer โ€“ โ€œLet no unwholesome talk come out of your mouth, but ONLY what is useful for building others up according to their needs so that it might benefit those who listen.โ€ We wrote it out on index cards and put them on the fridge, bathroom mirrors, windowsills… then discussed what โ€œunwholesomeโ€™ meant and what kind of words would build up & benefit one another. When bickering, roughhousing, name-calling… would occur, Iโ€™d ask, โ€œIs that benefiting or building up your brother/sister? โ€œ Iโ€™d then have them say one โ€œbeneficialโ€ comment to build up their sibling and then warn them theyโ€™d have to pull a chore card if any other โ€œunwholesomeโ€ words or behavior continued. Usually just the mention of โ€œchore cardโ€ would change the behavior.

    Which brings me to the wonderful concept of โ€œchore cardsโ€ as a consequence, which my kids dreaded but I LOVED! I took about 20 index cards and put a chore on each one of varying levels of difficulty โ€“ things like vacuum the couch, clean screens, brush the cats, scrub grout in the shower, fold a load of clothes, water the plants, clean the toilet bowl (with borax & vinegar -safe for kids), write a note to your brother/sister telling them things you like about them, dust the living room, wash/peel the fruit/vegetables for lunch/dinner, sweep the back porch, weed/water the garden, dead-head the flowering baskets, polish dadโ€™s shoes, hose off the trash cans, clean the kitchen chairs, wipe down the cupboards, wipe the kitchen appliancesโ€ฆ you get the idea these were things that werenโ€™t regular chores. SO much better than grounding them or putting them in time out where they would annoy me โ€“ instead, they were accomplishing something that helped me! As a consequence for bickering or misbehaving, I would choose a card that was something they were capable of and I needed done. Of course they didnโ€™t do things perfectly but good enough for me. AND if they complained about it, I gave them another card ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I have to share one more tip that was hugely successful on long trips in the car. Iโ€™d give each child a roll of quarters at the start of the trip, $10, which was theirs for snacks, souvenirs, or video games that were popular in hotel arcades back then. We made sure they understood this was all the money they would get so spend it wisely. If they said or did anything nasty to one of their siblings, they had to pay them a quarter. If they argued or complained to their dad or I, they paid us a quarter. Oh my โ€“ it was the best thing we ever did โ€“ such peaceful vacation drives ๐Ÿ™‚

    • eridqua

      These are great ideas!

    • Joy

      Love these ideas. I have 11 y.o. twin boys (one with Asperger’s) and 14 y.o. boy. Today was last day of school and it was 1/2 day for twins but the bickering started as soon as they got on bus. So this afternoon I brought out Super Soakers. This seemed to help with the tension between them at least for today anyway.

    • faith

      Great ideas!!!

    • bunny

      This post is EXACTLY why I love Hip2Save. People helping other people they don’t know! Love it ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Christine

      I am posting Ephesians 4:29 on my fridge. For all but especially my 21-year-old. He has two younger siblings with autism that he verbally bullies at times. They seem to not take notice but we don’t know what they are taking in. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Erin D.

        I had a brother with medical needs. Try to take your 21-year-old out for dates alone and spend time with just him. Let him know how special he is. Give him many compliments and show you are interested in his unique interests — maybe he can teach you a new skill like social media, computer stuff, etc. I think he is bullying the other two, because he feels attention for bad behavior is better than no attention at all. He feels left out. He feels his siblings are getting all the attention -even if it is for medical appointments or visits with school officials. Try to give him attention for good things – like time alone with you which he probably craves – instead of always giving attention for his bad behavior. Just my two cents. I thought I would share. Good luck.

    • mar

      Your awesome, when my kids were smaller I would do summer classes at home. I would go to a teachers book store pickup Christian Science books and anything else I noticed they were struggling in at school during the year and every day we would have a little session. I taught them things that they no longer show at school; like how to navigate a map. I believe in Christian Science so that was 2 yr worth of summer teaching about Science. When the lecture was over we would head out to swim ๐Ÿ˜‰

  30. Alea

    The brownie mix is really good!! I have tried it ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. AZgirl

    I was recently introduced to a website called powerofmoms.com. It’s fantastic and very encouraging to mom’s in all phases of life/motherhood. They have daily articles and frequent podcasts (free of charge…this is Hip2Save after all!) that can give you a boost. Here is a great article about “me time” and looking for the small things that can help you recharge daily. http://powerofmoms.com/2012/08/when-me-time-doesnt-work/

    And here is a podcast on the same topic. It’s only 20 minutes so take a little time to listen. http://powerofmoms.com/2013/03/theyre-driving-me-crazy/

    Lastly, here’s one about finding joy when your kids are driving you nuts! http://powerofmoms.com/2013/03/theyre-driving-me-crazy/

    There a lot more where that came from! I’ve loved reading and listening over the last few months and feeling empowered as a mom!

  32. Reanna

    We also have begun a similar idea to the roll of quarters. Each week, my 2 girls (ages 5 and 6) get 28 quarters in a jar. ($1 for each day) If they are arguing with each other or complaining about something they were asked to do (i.e. make their bed) they have to take a quarter out. Any money left over at the end of the week is theirs to keep. We just started and may have to up the amount temporarily, until they learn to get along better and listen to mom without complaining! The girls each decorated their own jar and we put the Bible verse from Philippians 2:14 “Do everything without grumbling or arguing”

  33. Colleen

    I am a stay-at home mom of five for 20 years now. (ages 22 – 11) To this day, if my kids fight about anything I give them all age-appropriate jobs to do. If they have energy to fight, then they have energy to help with chores. Either outcome is a win for me.(hee hee)
    ps: that gives you a little me time when they do more chores
    Lows- cancer scare for my 85 year old dad.

    Highs- doctors were wrong. It was just a bad stomach bug and he’s home safe and sound!

  34. Beth

    My husband also has a wheat sensitivity, and these are our favorite brownies

    http://foodbabe.com/2012/03/04/almond-butter-brownies/

    I just use regular chocolate chips, and cool completely, or else they get crumbly, you can also use regular sugar, but the palm sugar is really good as well

  35. mar

    My high all week is I got a job at Vera Bradely! My low is I’m home and my kids are away at camp. I miss them terribly.

  36. maura

    i love the recipes from Paleomg.com her fudgie brownies (which I make in mini muffin tins) are great and I make her chocolate strawberry donuts which I absolutely LOVE!

  37. Christa

    I love that you give us a day a week of your highs and lows! My high is that my 2 daughters are finished with school this week (which is good cuz they’re older and can help me with their little brothers). My low is not having any me time cuz I have 2 boys-1 and 3 years old.

  38. Ericka

    If you haven’t found it already, try http://www.glutenfreeonashoestring.com – lots of from scratch gf recipes to save $$$. Haven’t tried one of her recipes yet that wasn’t delicious.

  39. jennifer

    Ok, I know this may seem a little “out there” to some but I found some cool meditation apps to use on my iphone and I am a much calmer person since I started using them and my fav is a free app! It’s actually called ‘calm’. Only takes about 6 to 8 minutes. Sometimes I act like I am going to the bathroom and take my phone with me. I put on my headphones, lock out the kids, listen to calm, and chill for a sec. I have never meditated before but I was about to go to the doctor to see about getting something for my tension headaches and stress but after I got this app I really am doing much better. I have some other great and longer meditation apps I use when I can also but when in a time crunch this is one I can always seem to squeeze in.Moms need personal time and this is the only time I get for me. We owe it to ourselves to find a way to make time for us. It makes us better moms.

  40. Laura

    Collin, I almost posted about Pamela’s mixes the last time you posted about going GF. Glad someone introduced you to them. My daughter and my SIL have allergy issues. I often do the dessert for gathering because I know it will be safe. The chocolate cake mix is also great. Took it to a work party and didn’t tell anyone til after it was all gone that it was completely allergen free. They were all shocked. I got so many compliments.

  41. Alison

    I am so glad to read your gluten free posts! My husband learned that he had to go gluten free one year ago, a discovery that came months after a skin condition started. I am glad to find gluten free coupons are available, and now my husband has his own coupon binder ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep sharing your experiences Collin!!! Every now and then I try some items. Sam Mills corn pasta is great, Udi’s cookies are yummy ๐Ÿ™‚ Now I am curious to try the Pamela’s brownie mix. I wasn’t fond of a cake that was made with that brand mix.

  42. Erin D.

    My friend was one of 5 children. To get me-time, his mom would send the kids out to play on a Saturday and lock the door. When they came to complain that one sibling was doing something to the other, she wouldn’t answer the door and figured they would work it out themselves, which they always did on their own. She wasn’t ignoring the safety of her kids, because she always kept an eye and ear open, but she just made them work it out on their own and not have mom be the mediator all the time. It allowed her to rejuvenate and have one day of the week with a clean house — no kids = no mess.

  43. deb

    I have 2 teenage girls they still fight over item and take each other things we have done everything but nothing works any help!!

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