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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Siblings

Oh. My. Stars.

It has been one of those weeks. The kids have argued and argued all week long, and I have seriously struggled with how to handle it. I asked Brian what to do, and he responded with "if I had the answer to that problem, I could write a book and make alot of money." So true. 

This article popped up in my inbox, and while it didn't exactly solve my problems, it did make me feel as if I wasn't alone in this sibling argument issue. It also makes a very valid point (and one which I'm well aware of) that your kids are just reflecting the ton of your own voice as they speak to each other. This is something I am constantly working on. I also fully believe that this is not all my fault. Sometimes kids go through bad stages, and we're clearly in one.

In a moment of desperation, I told them they had to sit and hold hands for 15 minutes. Camden, of course, thought it was awful. Rory, on the other hand, thought it was the best thing to ever happen to her. She immediately asked if she could kiss him (no!), said she felt like they were getting engaged, and then proceeded to spend the entire 15 minutes giggling and telling him every reason she could think of that she loved him.

Oh, I'm so not kidding.

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In the end, they both finished the 15 minutes in giggles (making them sit still for 15 minutes gives you plenty of time to snap pictures, by the way). I've often found that making them sit and do something together ends up in giggles, but based on the way they continued to act through the weekend, it did nothing to actually solve the problem. Any ideas other than shipping them off to separate boarding schools?

Today was Camden's 9th Family Day. Can you believe that?

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We spent the evening playing games and watching some baby videos, which kind of restored my faith in the sweetness of my children. Maybe I need to pull out the home videos more often when they're driving me crazy.


5 comments:

Randi Oh said...

Happy 9th (wow!) Family Day.

Am praying for your dad and your bloodwork. Hugs!

Beth said...

We are having a similar weekend here. And judging by the snow coming down, we won't be having school tomorrow and I am so tempted to just run away from home right now, so I can avoid a day stuck inside with all this fighting and general whineyness. Is that a word? If not, it is now.

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Mayme said...

It just can't be 9 years! He has grown up way too fast (says the mother of a college student:) Hope you have a good week!

Christine said...

First... Happy Family Day! Second, maybe I should take some cues from Rory and list off all the reasons I love spencer when we're having a bad cycle. Cute photos of the event. :-)