This morning my daughter became angry with her little sister. This is nothing new. I spend the better part of each day being a referee. I hear the voices and the things they say to each other every single day.
I would like to formally apologize to my mother for being a kid.
I had my share of sibling fights when I was little. One time I became so angry with my brother, I called him a Green Devil. He was mortified that something so horrible was spoken, and said he was going to tell on me when our parents got home. I was so upset because this was the worst thing I had ever said and(to me)it was just like cursing. I was going to die when he told my parents. I was sure of it.
WORST afternoon of my life.
I think he became interested in other things though and I don’t think he ever said anything to them about it.
My point is, siblings will find things to do that will make the other one mad. It’s exhausting. The other day something happened that equally irritated me AND made me laugh. It reminded me to look at the whole picture. That little kids are just that. Little kids. I need to work harder on just tuning them out instead of feeling like I have to settle every little disagreement they have.
Besides – just step back and wait things out, and you too may find the best blog material to write about. Like this time. I just stood back and listened while David was in the kitchen with the kids.
A little bit of arguing went on, then a little bit of whining, and then my littlest daughter finally yelled out something that caught both me and my husband by surprise.
David quickly intervened because the last thing we want to do is allow the kids to say such negative things to one another.
My daughter sat and thought this over a few seconds. I was pleased with David for instructing her on the right thing to say and teaching her this valuable lesson in life. I stood there, leaning up against the kitchen counter, sipping my coffee, just letting things play out before me. Letting him handle it. Then she replied to her dad…
And then at that moment in time, I knew I had my next blog post.
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