My kids are constantly battling for attention from us — and bickering with each other as a result. How can I keep them from driving us crazy?

Our Daddy MD Guide’s reply: While I am not a child psychologist, my wife and I have come up with an idea that we use from time to time in our home life, and we find that it really helps. We have a “date night,” only instead of it being a date for us, my wife and I will split up for the night. Then she will have “mommy and son” date night, while I will have “daddy and daughter” date night. It gives us a little quiet one-on-one time with our children where they don’t have to compete with each other. We also reverse it for “men’s night” with daddy and son and “ladies’ night” for the girls.

While this certainly doesn’t solve all our child squabbling problems, it does give us some good quiet time to talk with our children, and it helps them feel a little more assured of themselves when they get back together later on that night.

Brett M. Scotch, DO,  a dad of two children and a physician, who’s board certified in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, and Facial Plastic Surgery and operates Scotch Institute of Ear, Nose, and Throat in Wesley Chapel, Florida