I don’t know about your kids, but from time to time mine will play too rough with one another. I suggested to my 2 older kids, Livi and Jonah, that they come up with a code word that they could say when someone had crossed the line. Upon the uttering of the code word, all play had to stop immediately until everything was deemed cool.
They immediately started thinking of words that were silly and made them laugh, like “sticky bottom” or “booger brains,” but after a few trial runs, those code words proved ineffective due to their silliness. So I told them to try and think of a word that was boring so they wouldn’t be distracted from the point of the word. The code word they chose… the most boring thing they could think of… “white paper.”
That is brilliant, and hilarious.
Now, from time to time, I’ll hear the two older kids arguing,
Stop it! I said “white paper!”
I didn’t hear you!
I said it loud! WHITE PAPER! WHITE PAPER! WHITE PAPER!!!!!!
And it makes me giggle.