My Kids are Rotten, Just Like Me

And then! Oh, the noise! Oh, the Noise!Noise! Noise! Noise!That's one thing he hated! The NOISE! NOISE! NOISE! NOISE!--Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole ChristmasKids create noise.  Especially if they’re siblings.  Especially if there’s more than one of them.  And it gets worse as they get bigger.  With their big hulking bodies and bigger vocal cords and bigger chaos from bigger conflicts, I just get overwhelmed.  Just like the Grinch, I can’t take the noise, noise, noise noise. … [Read more...]

The Sibling Battle

Before kids, I never understood what it would be like to mediate my two boys almost-constant nagging, arguing & interrupting one another.  Maybe it's not "almost constant," but when you aren't prepared doesn't it feel that way? If someone had told me half of parenting would be this excruciatingly frustrating sibling mediation I may not have done it.  May have stuck with just one kid.  I feel a bit awful for writing that out for the world to see, but it's true.  The ongoing management of the … [Read more...]