I went three full years without having to contend with much sibling fighting. I realize how incredibly lucky I was to avoid the job of constant referee for so long. Then this summer hit, and boy oh boy, did they make up for lost time! Both boys are home, Ronan at age three has become a lot more assertive and vocal and Jude at age seven seems to have run out of patience. We went from sibling harmony to near constant battles and I thought I was going to explode! Thankfully, I found three simple things that have really helped turn the tide and while squabbles still happen their frequency and fervor are manageable instead of manic.