149:365, Inside-out

O–playing knock-knock as Daddy mowed the front lawn last night…
while bro is occupied
Fifi–quick, while he is occupied. Mess with his stuff….
There have been some major battles going down between these two. I can’t decide if I should laugh when she pulls his hair after he mows her out of the way, or reprimand her.
She can be 5 feet away, with her back turned to him and he will still scream, “Look at Fifi! She’s getting to close to my stuff. She going to scrumble up my train tracks.” all in the worst, whining voice he can muster.
(I have no idea where he got ‘srcumble’, but he uses it all the time.)
I keep telling him that his sister is here to stay, so he better get used to her being up in his business. I am an only child, so I don’t really get the whole sibling rivalry thing. I would have LOVED to have someone to hangout with and build giant Lego towers with when I was little… (or would I have??)
Gah! siblings. How do you deal with the rivalry between your littles??

3 Comments 149:365, Inside-out

  1. Ani June 1, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    I was an only too, so no help here. But I adore “scrumble.” I want to use that word all the time too.

  2. Melissa June 2, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Scrumble needs to be put in the dictionary. I have a brother who is almost four years older than me. Luckily, we got along pretty well. When we did bicker, our folks would make us sit in chairs opposite each other and we weren’t allowed to talk. Quickly our upset would start turning into giggles. The folks would respond sternly “no laughing either” which would of course bring us to more laughter. After a couple of minutes we were allowed to get up and go play. By that time, we had already forgotten what we were fussing about. I thought that was great tactic. Very effective for us.

    Having a big brother was sometimes seen as a “curse” (“if I catch you trying cigarettes again, I’m going to kick your ass and then tell mom and dad” Good curse, right?) but always a blessing (he would defend me to the end).

  3. Vanessa/NessieNoodle June 2, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    @Ani totally start using it! honestly, I think it is a great word.

    @MelissaThat is such a great idea – I am going to have to pocket that one for later use when they are a bit bigger. And I am hoping that they both are each other’s “curse” and “blessing”! great stories today.


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