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I think we should shoot her.

Posted Jul 30 2012 8:41am

That’s my husband’s favorite response to my almost-constant question, “What are we going to do with her?” Andy finds that more often than not in life, there’s a Ferris Bueller quote that fits any situation.

Anyway, it’s not just “her” (aka Kate) I am exasperated with, it’s also “her” brother (aka Sam).

Most often, it’s both of them.

My kids are four years apart, and for a long time, they didn’t fight. Basically, Sam happily did whatever Kate told him to, and they co-existed peacefully. Now, though, at the ripe old age of four, he’s developed preferences and opinions.

And Kate does not like it one bit.

Driving each other crazy seems to be each of their goals in life, and in the meantime they are making Andy and me insane. The moments when they’re nice to each other? They are so nice. They’re sweet and funny and adorable. However, those moments are increasingly growing fewer and farther between.

I’m reading a book called “ Siblings without Rivalry ,” by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish, which, like their book “How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk,” is full of great suggestions on ways to facilitate communication and prevent jealousy. The problem is, I can’t remember what the hell I’m supposed to do.

Evidently I should read it again.

Until then, though, I turn to you – any suggestions on what to do with our kids when they are at each other’s throats?

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