Tuesday, January 27, 2009

not a proud parenting moment

Sam and Teresa have been at each other's throats. The bickering has gone on for days and days. Who gets to lay on the big couch...who gets to use the taller stool in the bathroom...who gets to use the maple syrup first...who gets on the bus first...someone stepped in someone's snowy footprints without asking...and on and on and on. It's incessent and grating and I'm about sick to death of it. Tonight they finally broke me. We were coming home from my parents and unloading from the van and the two of them tossed that straw...you know, the infamous last straw...onto my back. They were shoving and pulling and making ugly faces at each other. All this to be the first one out of the van. Do you know what I did? I shut the van door and told them if they were going to argue over who gets out first then they could just stay there. And I walked up the walkway and into the house.

Okay, don't call child services on me. I turned around as soon as I put my bag down and went back out to them. I opened the van up and they very meekly hopped out and up into the house. No shoving, pushing, mean faces or name calling. Desired results achieved, but certainly not in the way I want to achieve them. Everyone walked into the house feeling rotten. Me most of all.

7 comments:

Wilma said...

Siblings .... they can drive you totally batty. Sometimes there isn't enough room on the planet for brotherly and sisterly "love?". Not sure how else they would have snapped out of it though.

Hope you had a more pleasant evening with the kids.

kidletsmum said...

Sorry they're giving you a hard time, Marie. We've all been there and will all be there again. It's not fun. Far from calling CPS though, I think you handled it well.

entertainingmom said...

I would have LOCKED them in the van and made them appologize AND KISS each other. That always gets them... the part where they have to kiss each other. And the end result is usually laughter because one usually persues the kiss and the other is always trying to run from it!

Dori said...

You are not alone with the bickering siblings. I wish I could lock my kids in the van, but darn it they know how to open the doors. LOL

Marie said...

I am so glad to know I'm not the only one. They don't seem to be tramatized by the experience so I guess I shouldn't let myself be either. :)

Sarah said...

Marie, don't feel bad at all. I've done that to T when he was an only child! Whining and crying over unbuckling himself or not wanting to come in or whatever. I hope they've snapped out of the bickering for now.

Jen @ Mommay's Mayhem said...

Ok, that's nothing to feel bad about! Not like you left them in the car for hours! I hope they are getting along better. I'm at my wits end over here these past weeks....UGH!