Do you deal with sibling rivalry in your household? Maybe you grew up with it. Maybe your watch your children or grandchildren going through it. What purpose does it serve, you may wonder?
Growing up, my older sister and I did not get along well. I don’t think she ever forgave me for being born. It’s o.k. now; we live in different states! Only joking, though we do live in different states, it’s not that for apart!
These days, children #3 and #4 are having difficulty getting along. They are twins, but are not identical. They are fraternal twins and are very different. Child #3, my special needs kiddo, just wants to be loved and accepted by her twin. She tries really hard to not irritate her sister, but rarely succeeds. Child #4, although the younger twin by a minute, knows that she is out-maturing her “older” sister.
Child #4 just finished up her schooling for the year and is home now. She’s having a bit of trouble adjusting. Privileges were lost. Penance was paid. The house was back to its order. Whew! One more day down.
I know things will get easier. They are adjusting. Child #4 is still exhausted from her time at school and a camping trip that she got very little sleep on, like everyone else. She will get enough sleep and become her normal nice self.
As long as I can keep children #’s 2, 3, and 4 from killing each other, it’s a win, right? Yikes! I’m beginning to see the wisdom in having only one child! Nah! I wouldn’t change having my kiddos for anything. I love them all so much. And someday, when I am long gone (and hopefully resting peacefully in Heaven) they will have each other and it will be good.