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Ahhh, siblings. Remember when they were sweet and cute? And they loved each other and they were quiet and the older one used to read to the younger one and the little one looked at the bigger one adoringly and all was well?
And now, a few quick years later, they are little jackwagons who bicker constantly and fight over who gets to be on your left side and who gets to push the grocery cart and who gets to say “hi” to Dad first and who gets to eat the blue sprinkle they found on the floor by the dog bowl? And the little one is constantly in tears and you want to tell him that his face is going to stay like that, but you remember how mad you used to get as a kid when your mom said that to you?
Ahhh, yes. Siblings. At times, so sweet. At other times…not so much. Naturally, siblings are going to argue. After all, it’s hard to live with someone you didn’t choose to live with, who wants to touch your stuff and make you share your mother’s undying attention. The occasional squabble is one thing, but the constant, daily arguing over every.little.thing is enough to make a good mom cry.
How fitting is this sibling quote? “Sometimes I wonder how you put up with me. Then I remember, oh I put up with you, so we’re even.” — Unknown
This quote holds true well into adulthood. My kids, who are 20 and 24, recently went to the Bahamas with their dad. My youngest borrowed our GoPro for snorkeling and of course returned it to us without removing any of the footage. My husband was downloading all of it to email to her and came across a video of our 20-year-old laying in bed with the GoPro focused on her, trying her best to muffle her hysterical laughter. Next thing you know, the GoPro is in our older daughter’s sleeping face recording the youngest not-so-gently-or-kindly waking her sister up for the day. Naturally, the 24-year-old was not amused- but the 20-year-old sure was! My point? IT NEVER ENDS.
Kids and Bickering
What if I told you there was ONE THING you could do RIGHT NOW that would stop their nonsense once and for all? Or at least stop it cold in its tracks once it starts?
Yup. One thing. And it’s SUPER EASY. Ready? Two words: