December 8, 2011 12:59 am at 12:59 am #601043flowersParticipant
There are times that one of my kids is sitting on a chair, goes away for a bit of time and then when they come back and another kid is sitting on the chair, they demand to get back “their” chair.
Same thing with reading a magazine.
Often an argument follows as to who should get it.
Who do you think is right?December 8, 2011 2:11 am at 2:11 am #870775
Rabbi Avigdor Miller says you should not let kids physically fightDecember 8, 2011 2:32 am at 2:32 am #870776mommamia22Participant
I don’t really have a real answer except to say it depends on the circumstances. If the original one sitting got up to momentarily use the bathroom and another took his seat, than the second one, I would think, should vacate. On the other hand, if the original one sitting leaves their seat to attend to another activity (play elsewhere, etc) and merely claims the seat as his for as long as he wants, than I guess that’s wrong. Obviously this is not a halachik response. Maybe they need to learn to announce “I’ll be right back, I’m sitting here” so it becomes official.December 8, 2011 4:06 am at 4:06 am #870777aries2756Participant
flower, what do YOU think? I would say it depends on what YOUR house rules are. If your children are having issues like these, it would be productive to have a family meeting, discuss these things, and agree on house rules. Then write them down and post them. At the time of the meeting you should also discuss what the consequences are for breaking the rules. In other words, if the child who breaks the rules gets a time out, goes to their room, loses a privilege, etc. You can also discuss things such as “if you see your sibling reading the book or magazine ask if they are done with it” or “if you are reading a book or magazine put a placeholder in so someone else would know that you are not done with it. If there is no place holder in it, then it is up for grabs”.
By discussing these issues with the kids and making house rules, you are discussing the importance of having “Respect” and consideration for one and other. Establishing this in young children at a very early age is important because you are establishing a foundation for respect and consideration for each aspect and relationship of their life.
For instance, if you are sitting on a chair in shul and you get up and walk away not leaving a siddur, sweater, hat or asking anyone sitting next to you to mind your seat because you are coming right back, do you have a right to tell or even ask someone to get up and give “your” seat back to you when or if you return? If you had already established rules in the home this would not be an issue. It would seem rather rude to ask someone to get off a “public” chair in shul unless it is a makom kavuah and everyone knows that is your chair. Basically everyone would have the same right to that chair. So having established the rules of respect and courtesy in home early in childhood, there would be no such issue with that child outside the home as they grow up.December 8, 2011 5:56 am at 5:56 am #870778real-briskerMember
Is mentioning R’ Avigdor Miller in the CR a red flag?December 8, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am #870782chocandpatienceMember
rb: it’s sad that respected talmidei chachamim are being demeaned in this way. At first I thought it was stupidity; now I’m beginning to see there’s malicious intentDecember 8, 2011 2:17 pm at 2:17 pm #870783real-briskerMember
Choc – Yup, Nebach.December 8, 2011 2:27 pm at 2:27 pm #870784smartcookieMember
Michael- thanks for making us aware of that, cuz we moms usually do let our kids fight physically, even violently.
We actually BEG them to fight nonstop.December 8, 2011 3:21 pm at 3:21 pm #870785miritchkaMember
flower: I usually tell my kids that everything in Totty and Mommy’s house belongs to Totty and Mommy. And that we share our things with you. In a situation like this, i’d tell child B that child A had it first and next time would be their turn. For now, when my children are young, they listen. I dont know if this would work with 7 or 8 yr olds; although i do hope that by that time my children will have learned a thing or two. 🙂December 8, 2011 4:50 pm at 4:50 pm #870788
Brisk go back in time to Brisk in 1941 and tell me how you get on?
p.s if you canDecember 8, 2011 4:51 pm at 4:51 pm #870789
eat tons of chocolates, don’t stop
tell me what happens
p.s if you canDecember 8, 2011 5:13 pm at 5:13 pm #870790aries2756Participant
Miritchka, if a child got up to go to the bathroom, I would say that child had the chair first. If a child got up to go play in another room, I would say you can’t reserve the chair for the whole day. So it would still depend on the circumstances, hence the house rules. So there is a difference if a child left the chair, book, toy or whatever for 5-10 minutes or half hour to an hour.December 8, 2011 7:57 pm at 7:57 pm #870791miritchkaMember
aries2756: thats true. I understood the OP as the child going to the bathroom.December 8, 2011 9:21 pm at 9:21 pm #870793flowersParticipant
mommamia22: What your saying makes sense.
Aries: Thank you. I like the idea of having a meeting and setting rules down.April 26, 2012 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm #870794sam responsibleMember
It depends which type of kid it is and which type of person -you are.
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