Growing up as an only child, I missed out on the sibling spats that so many of my friends had the luxury of enjoying. As much as I wanted and truly thought my stuffed animals talked back to me, they didn’t.
Fast forward thirty years and as the mother of two girls, I can see how siblings fight and can change their moods in a matter of seconds. It’s like watching an animated film turn into a horror movie right in front of your eyes.
I’ve heard all the stories but really never believed them until I experienced them when my girls started to talk. Ever since, the pendulum has swung from hot to cold in a matter of seconds.
It doesn’t really matter if I’m in the room or not because they get their crazy on right in front of me. There’s no shame.
One minute they’re playing Barbies or a game and it’s so serene I swear I can hear “The Sound of Music” in the background. Barbies are going to a party; my girls are telling each other how much fun they’re having. Then before you know it, I think the Barbies are fighting over the corvette when in reality it’s my little Skippers who are engaged in a battle royale. I let it play out until push comes to shove…literally. Then I have to “momaree” the event and it’s never pretty.
It’s certainly not my finest moment and definitely not theirs.
There’s yelling, there’s crying, then it all stops with the signature ending of my girls saying they hate each other. Yep, another banner day of parenting!
They huff off into their separate corners while I retreat into another room to regain my own sanity.
As I replay this latest episode of “I hate my sister” in my head and try to think of ways for them to stop, I hear something else from the other room.
I peak in and see they’ve each come out of their separate corners. They look at each other and one asks the other if they want to play.
Five minutes ago you wish you had different mothers, now you want to play? I’m still reeling from the headache you gave me and counting down the hours until you go to bed. Now you’re ready to play nice?
Then I hear three words that must signal I’ve entered the Twilight Zone; either that or I’ve actually slept long enough to have a dream.
“I love you,” says one child. “I love you too,” says the other.
For the love of Christmas! You girls are nuts! More importantly, you’re driving me nuts!
Don’t get me wrong I truly do enjoy the fact that they can make up that quickly, but why all the drama before? I was pretty sure Barbie was going to slap them upside the head because they were acting so crazy!
This is why I’m getting gray. Yep. Totally why.
I know, I know, it’s normal and it’s only going to get worse. Blah, blah, blah. I’ve heard it all before. But, if you go through this too you know how much it sucks in the moment.
It feels like someone kidnapped you and put you on a crazy train. I guess this is what I missed out on by not having a sibling! My Care Bear never told me he hated me. He never told me he loved me either, but I digress.
So what’s a momma to do? Buy ear plugs? I’ve seriously thought about it but realized I would still be able to hear them.
Nope, guess I’ll just grab a book and cozy up on the crazy train because it’s going to be a long ride…