The Balancing Act

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Tonight I was reminded of the delicate balancing act I perform every day. Earlier today I spent some time with Child #2 as Children #’s 1, 3, & 4 stayed home and did chores. It was nice to have some special 1-on-1 time with Child #2 and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

When we returned home, things were relatively calm and I breathed a sigh of relief. No one had argued or fought; all was good. Whew!

Oh, but I spoke too soon! After showers for the twins, an argument broke out. I was unavailable in the bathroom and things escalated. Finally, I heard the back door slam. Uh-oh!

It seems that Child #3 had been trying to annoy the younger (by a minute!) Child #4. Mission accomplished. All that they needed to do was keep talking!

Here is the issue: Child #3 is the “older” twin, but their mind is only around the grade school level. While Child #4 is a full-fledged teen. Yeah. So picture “Big Twin” acting like a child to “Little Twin.” Right. Balance! Balance! Don’t drop anything!

So I ended up talking to both of the twins and reminding them to respect each other and from where they’re each coming. Mmmhmm… that’s what I did tonight!

Some days I feel like a full-fledged member of the circus! Why do you think I pray so much?!! How was your day? Did you end up balancing or did you fall off the high wire? I hope you’re safe.

Published by Rita

I am a single mother, a Christian, a writer, an abuse survivor, a reader, and a friend. I've wanted to be a writer my entire life and now here I am!

3 thoughts on “The Balancing Act

  1. Lol! I have grand-twins with the exact same issues! They’re 14, and the youngest (by one minute) is quite mature for his age while the older twin struggles to keep up emotionally with her younger sister who is 9! That led to MANY fights and issues over the years with the older girl having many meltdowns. She chose to live with her father last year and that has proven to be an enormous blessing for the peace in the household. Hang in! They all grow up! The 14 year old boy gets onto either sister if they’re being disrespectful to my daughter. He has internalized the teachings we have given him and is very thoughtfully spoken. The youngest listens to him but his twin pouts when he gets onto her! They’re each trying to figure out who they are and how to behave! Wishing you all the best! Blessings!

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