Nothing is more time consuming, frustrating, worrisome, and annoying than your children’s sibling rivalry. In an nano second, you fear they will never have any meaningful relationships of any kind. You don’t know what to do to change it, you yell at their behavior and maybe send one or both to their rooms. And it starts all over again. The drain on a parent’s psyche is palpable.
So let’s go through the process and make some changes that will not only get you out of the fray, but will give your children the most important life-long skills they can have.
What happens? You hear the inevitable coming from the other room. You immediately fall into step:
1) You think, When will this ever end, I can’t stand this fighting, Why can’t things ever be peaceful, and you assume, They’re going to grow up hating each other, Why can’t I teach them to get along? I don’t know how to handle this. I have to do stop it.
2) Then you go in to intervene fearing bloodshed or at least escalation if you don’t stop it now.