My wife has gotten a little tired of the bickering that goes on between our kids, a 5YO girl and 7YO boy. She thought that one way to get to them to stop might be to give them a taste of their own medicine. She typed and printed out a transcript of one of their arguments and we kept it near. A day or two later they started up again, and I grabbed the script. In the middle of a conversation that we were having, we began acting out our parts, with gusto, to the amazement of our kids:
Me: "That's stupid."
Her: "No, it's not."
Me: "Yes, it is."
Her: "No, it's not." (raspberry)
Me: "Yes, it is." (raspberry)
Her: "No, it's not stupid... and you STINK!"
Me: (Ugly face and extended raspberry)
Her: "Hmph." (ugly face and foot stamp)
Me: "Go away. Get out of my room."
Her: "Well, I'm not talking to you ever again. Hmph." (foot stamp)
Apparently, I was so believable in my part that my wife didn't catch on at first. I had to prompt her for her line.
The kids were in disbelief and tried to be the consolers. Then we told them what we were doing and why. I don't know if it worked or not, but it was fun. Next time we'll use a similar transcript involving the president of the National Cartoonist Society.