My Children Are Trying to Kill Each Other.

by Lori Dwyer on October 16, 2013 · 2 comments

My children seem somewhat intent on killing each other.

What is it with kids and siblings and continually attempting to physically maim each other?

Don’t get me wrong. There’s no blood shed here. It’s not like I have psychotic potential-serial killers on my hands. There’s no gratuitous animal abuse or setting fire to things. It’s just that particular aggression that seems to be reserved only for one’s brother or sister. That play-fighting that becomes hair-pulling and hollering and kicking and me dragging one or both of them for (another) time-out in their rooms.

Shamefully enough, fighting like that with my own brother (hi, Uncle Grog) is one of the most vivid, intense memories I have of my own childhood. It was all laughter mixed with pain laced with gritted teeth and that sudden anxiety when you hurt your younger sibling and they go pause, shocked, before running off and screeching “Mum!!!”.

I see that replicated in my own children. The oldest will suddenly push too far, forget his own strength; and his sister, mildly hurt, will run for me in tears, sobbing. Her brother is bigger and tougher and she seems to be hurt more frequently, but she’s also the cheeky instigator at least half the time.

They drive me insane, between them, especially on those long rainy weekend days that we seem to be having so often at the moment in Melbourne. I try my best not to yell, try to be firm and consistent. I attempt to extinguish physical violence altogether, long before someone has their legs bruised or their feelings hurt.

And I grit my teeth in frustration as they still fight, regardless of what I say or do. I take deep breaths of patience every time I hear “YaaaaaaHHHH!!”, giggle, thud, “Muuuuuuu-uuuuMMMMM!!!”

I remind myself that when they’re not attempting to inflict as much damage to each other as possible, the two of them can be best the best of friends, loving, warm and kind to one another. And I tell myself that that’s what really counts. (Right…?)


Leave a Comment

CommentLuv badge

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Karen October 19, 2013 at 10:28 am

I don’t have any of my own but I am six years older than my sister and I remember the anxiety produced in me by her tears and “Mom!!!” Though when we were little, the youngest one could do no wrong. It was ALways my fault when 9 out of 10 times I whacked her for whacking me good first or, my favorite, when she would pinch the skin of my arm between her fingernails and twist off a chunk of it.
We are 33 and 39 now and just recently she confessed to our mom how she used to intentionally get me in trouble and my mom was quite shocked when I told her about Jill twisting off my skin. I even still have scars I showed her. :-)


Whoa, Molly October 16, 2013 at 9:58 am

I didn’t have any siblings growing up, but I do remember having similar experiences with my cousin. He knocked my front tooth out when I was three! (Though it WAS an accident.) Even though they drive each other crazy, it’s sweet that they still love each other. I sometimes get jealous of people with siblings, seeing that closeness that I wont ever have…

At the same time, I’m happy I was an only child, if only for the lack of bruises. :)
Whoa, Molly recently posted…ChernoblehMy Profile


Previous post:

Next post: