One thing I cannot bear is my two kids fighting.
I usually try to help them resolve the problem, counting on the responsibility of the 12 y-o daughter.
This never worked.
Sometimes I tried to let them alone, hoping they will solve it.
Didn't work too.
This evening they were fighting as usual, and I was annoyed.... as usual.
I asked myself how could I help them to meet...
may be if I put myself against them both....?
So I scolded them, and threatened to punish them (didn't really thought what kind of punishment, fortunately they didn't ask) if they fight again, and I acted if I was a bit angrier of what I really was.
Do you know what they did?
After a silent while, they started to play and had fun together, serenely,without the slightest discussion, all the evening.
I hope your kids never fight, but now you know, just in case ;)