Lovers or fighters?
Comrades or enemies?
Best friends or “SHE HIT ME BACK FIRST!!!”
Siblings are great. Always cooperative. Always supporting one another. Friends for life and all that. Unless of course they are not. Sibling warfare is a pretty regular thing around here. We have tried a number of tactics to bring some order to the squabbling, shouting and hitting.
We have tried talking about emotions and the intensity of emotions
We have tried talking about perspective and what matters
We have tried boxing gloves
We have tried taking deep breaths – at least on the parental side of things
We have tried sending them to their rooms (unfortunately they share a room)
We have tried telling them to work it out themselves instead of running to us to resolve every disagreement.Click To Tweet
None of it has worked.
An End to Sibling Rivalry
Then we found the solution, the one thing that has put an end to the bickering and fighting.
We sent one of them out of town.
We tried telling them to work it out before running to us to solve every fight. Finally an end to sibling rivalry.Click To Tweet
Our oldest spent part of last week at my mum’s house doing activities with Nanny. She went canoeing and saw a play. She walked the dog and generally had a good time. She called home in the evening to say good night and her sisters missed her. Her regular sparing partner talked about being bored and lonely without her big sister. She said it was hard falling asleep in their room without her sister there with her.
Yesterday we all went to the airport to pick up the sister and daughter that we were all missing. My mum came for a visit and brought our oldest home on a plane. Her sisters waited anxiously for their sister to come down the escalator and when she got to the bottom, they ran to her and gave her big hugs.
Love wins the day – just like in the movies!
Not a chance…
We didn’t even make it out of the parking garage before they were arguing and hitting each other.
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