you say quarrelsome, I say disputatious

This post may be dangerous to those who are considering having a second child. You have my permission to skip it.

Okay, now that we got the disclaimer out of the way…why is it that two siblings can’t both be the ‘good kid’ on the same day? If one kid is acting out, demanding, whining, shouting, whatever, you can bet that his/her sibling is cuddling up to you in a sort of ‘oh, look at that, I would never do anything to hurt you Mommy’ kind of way.

Now, the glass-is-half-full part of me thinks that, well, at least there generally aren’t days when both the kids are driving me nuts.

The other part of me, though is reeeeeaaaalllly tired of having arguments. Every. Single. Day.

Arguments about whether it’s really time to go catch the bus to camp, or if I’m making that up. Arguments about whether, if you are a three-year-old, you need to hold my hand while crossing a city street, and not just run out in front of a moving car. Arguments about whether we will eat ice cream for dinner. And of course, arguments about how the other sibling is or is not the anti-christ, and therefore should not be cuddling Mommy, when the arguing sibling is yelling/whining/shouting/ whatever.

Whew. Glad I got that out of my system. Now if only the kids could.

On a completely unrelated note, as I was driving to the bank tonight, I saw someone wearing an O.E.D. t-shirt. Am I a total geek because I wanted it?


June 26, 2006. thoughtful parenting. 14 comments.