I’m sure I speak for many parents when I say my kids love each other, but spend half their time winding each other up. Sometimes it’s about territorial or toy disputes, while others are just for fun… because these kids don’t have jobs. They have way too much time on their hands. As Brontë once […]Read More Sibling Rivalry: Bridget, the Dark Horse
My two-year-old daughter Bridget has been trying really hard to talk lately. She goes on long monologues at the dinner table, flinging her arms around and shaking her fist to emphasize her point. Frankly, I have no idea what she’s talking about. Whatever it is, she feels very passionate about it. Something about tacos and cats, which are […]Read More Sibling Torture Tactics: Psychological Warfare
Since my husband and I were both only children, we knew we were entering a brave new world by having two kids. We did our best to give them both attention and encourage them to be nice to each other. And they DO love each other… most of the time. But we’ve learned that no matter how much […]Read More My Daughter Resorts to Shapeshifting to Get My Attention
My husband John and I were both only children, so by having two kids, we knew we were setting forth into a brave new world. Both of us, like many only children, always dreamed about having a sibling we could pal around with. Of course, these were imaginary siblings, the pinky-swearing, truce-keeping pretend siblings who were so much better […]Read More Sibling Torture Tactics
Once a month, the cooperative preschool we take our daughter to requires parents to attend a three-hour meeting, and I wasn’t looking forward to it. My daughter had woken me up at the crack of dawn, to share her fascinating discovery of having two feet, and I had been running on fumes since midday. Sheesh, […]Read More Birth Order, Only Children, and Sibling Warfare
My daughter Brontë is mostly happy about having a baby sister. I say mostly, because she while she likes to pet her sister’s hair, cuddle her on occasion, and even call her “a good baby” when she’s feeling generous, she also has a few bones to pick with her. For instance, there’s the intolerable situation […]Read More The Sisterhood of Getting Changed
I don’t yet want to go into the specifics of how the baby got there, but I’m figuring some story about a stork delivery isn’t going to fly after mom’s belly obviously just blew up, exploded, and left her bed-bound for a time.Read More Bronte’s Baby Sister Is Born!