How To Stop Sibling Bickering: Pocket Referee


**Update from when we started using it! ** I have a 6 year old and a 3 year old and the “mom I want that toy…..he has it…he won’t give it to me” battles were getting SUPER annoying. I thought I’d give this a shot as it was given to us years ago. I am amazed at HOW well the kids have responded to it–the fights disappear when I ask, “Who has the coin?” And yes, you could use this concept with any item–but the kids are in awe of “the golden coin” so I do think it is worth every penny of the $10!!!
Right now my kids are at the age where they absolutely love each other and it’s just so sweet!!! (or rather, Amber adores Tyler–he allows her to smother him with affection because he doesn’t have much choice–haha!) From having a brother who was 2 years younger than me, though, I know that it’s only a matter of time till the hugs and kisses turn into tattling and fights–not so much looking forward to that day!!!
Luckily for me I found out about an amazing product that will hopefully stop most conflicts before they even start. I think it’sย one of the mostย *brilliant* ideas I’ve ever heard of–kind of a DUH why didn’t I think of that??? one. ๐Ÿ™‚ Behold– The Pocket Referee! Here’s how it works and a little information behind it that was sent to me:
“My dad invented a version of it 30 years ago to use with my sister and me and it worked wonders. We are two years apart and if one of us wanted something (like pushing the elevator button or sitting in the front seat of the car) inevitably the other wanted the same thing. Clearly only one of us could have our way and my dad was fed up with having to mediate all these “important” issues and remember who got what the last time to be as fair as possible.
With the Pocket Referee, the parent can choose how much or little interaction they’d like to have in the process and can also choose to have no part of it all. It offers kids a win-win situation and helps to give them perspective on the importance of what they’re asking for.”
Completely brilliant concept right?! To find out more about it and how it works be sure to check out their website. We were sent regular and special edition to review. Both are super cute, great quality, and come with super cute designs on them and a special little pouch to carry it around in. I can definitely see kids getting excited about them! And I’m excited about the headaches it’s going to save me from having to deal with!


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19 thoughts on “How To Stop Sibling Bickering: Pocket Referee”

  1. Okay, I don’t want to enter, but I think you’ll find this funny. I really don’t remember the most memorable fight Megan and I got into…we fought all the time once I reached 13, but it was just stupid stuff and we rarely hit each other. But, we rarely ever tattled on each other because we both would get in trouble, so we had a secret code that alerted the other to if we were going to tell my mom or not and it would get the other to stop being mean. I don’t remember what ‘not tell’ was, but if we were going to tell her, we’d slide our index finger across our teeth back and forth…yeah, we were little but I just now remembered that and it made me laugh and hopefully you will to ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. I once got into a huge fight with my sister over cleaning our rooms…I think that I was cleaning my room and wanted her to stay and help or something like that…I don’t really remember, I just remember that at one point I left and slammed the door…very hard. Dad had to intervene…why was this so memorable? I was in college at the time…acting like a preschooler! Ridiculous! lol. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Hmm, there’s 13 years between me and Scott, so no memorable fights. Although my girls have gotten into pushing and pulling fights over the same toy, even though they have 2 of them!!!!

  4. even though there is nine years between me and my sister, we tend to argue a lot still. Usually they are stupid fights about how she is being dumb and irrational. I’m usually right (and i’m not just saying that). She’s very compulsive and does things without thinking them through! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I would walk to grade school every day with my brother we would talk some and fight some but I will always remember the time spent together suelee1998 @

  6. The one that sticks out in my mind is my brother and I wanting to jump on the sofa when my parents were out. We weren’t allowed to do such especially as the arms on either end were thick wood and dangerous. I was the eldest and so tried to stop him from jumping up and down on it but he wouldn’t listen and, lo and behold, he misjudged one his jumps and fell smashing his nose into the armrest and almost breaking his nose.


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