siblings, meet rivalry

Lately, our kids have been racing each other every night to turn off the tv, and having a big fight when they get there (and hell no, I haven’t taught them how to use the remote. Are you mad?).

This has to be one of the stupidest things I have ever seen two people fight over.
I’ve attempted to slice through this Gordian knot by decreeing that the child whose turn it is to pick the tv show that night is the one who gets to turn off the tv, but that hasn’t worked. They’re still fighting over it.

We’ve been having a lot of these situations lately, and it’s almost ridiculous, the kinds of things that they have conflict over. The Potato in particular is starting to have some very definite ideas of how things should work–who should go down the stairs first to have breakfast in the morning, who should turn on the bathroom light. Part of this is related to his control issues that I blogged about a few weeks ago. Part of it is that his sister spends a lot of time telling him what to do, and he’s just trying to get some of his own back.

Landisdad and I were talking about it last night, and it made me wonder–for those of you with more than one child, what’s the stupidest thing that your kids have ever fought about?

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February 26, 2006. growing up. 17 comments.