Ok, I’m just going to cut to the chase on this one…I’m doing the best I can to understand what it’s like to grow up with a sibling. My kids fight and bicker constantly and it REALLY works my nerves!!! I love them all dearly, but enough is enough. I’m so thankful right now that my infant is too young and innocent to be involved in this, of course. But the other two?!? O.M.G!!!
They fight about the silliest things, even though there is SEVEN….YES…SEVEN years age difference between them. Now, if you were just listening to them, you would never know. My daughter, as sweet as she wants to be, can be very demanding and well, “Diva-like”. My son, as sweet and affectionate as HE may be, really let’s her get under his skin. I try so hard to not intervene when they go at it, but it really bothers me because a.) I’m not used to it b.) it’s ridiculous, c.) my belief is that they should stick together and not tattle/try to get the one another in trouble and d.) I have always imagined that siblings were expected to fight, but not everyday, all day, about NOTHING!!!!
My grandmother reassured me that it is normal, but simply put, I have no comparative other. My husband, who is not an only child, obviously feels the same way that I do. He is constantly annoyed by their non-stop antics. It gets to the point that sometimes, they have to be physically separated and placed in different rooms. I know I yell a lot. (I get it honestly from my mother, and I swore I would never be a yeller! But, it happened.) However, it still doesn’t equate to this daily madness.
I have talked to them numerous times about sticking together and being a team. I have tried all kinds of games, bribery and just about everything you can think of, to get them to stop the non-stop quarreling. I guess if I talked to other parents about this, I would either feel better about it or feel terrible about it because this is abnormal. Either way, I need some help, quickly! I have another baby that’s watching all of this and I do to want her in this mix of madness. Until, I figure this one out, I will gladly take all and any advice.
Do your kids fight a lot? If so, what do you do to cut down on all the bickering?
Keeping it Smart & Sassy (KISS),