Just DessertsDecember 8, 2010 at 5:12 am | Posted in Giggles, Lollipop | 13 Comments
Tags: Challenges, Children, Family, Growing Up, Kids, Parenting, Relationships, Sibling Rivalry, Siblings
Lollipop is four. Giggles is almost three. And, already, I’m way out of my league.
They irk each other. On purpose. They steal toys and snatch Cheerios, and they make-believe spit on each other. They shriek so loud the dog howls. (Poor dog.) Sometimes, I howl, too. (Poor Mom.)
Dinnertime is the worst. After an appropriate amount of food has been stuffed into little mouths, smeared across cheeks and chins, or slipped silently to the dogs, the children get a dessert. A pack of Smarties, a cup of chocolate milk, a handful of marshmallows: whatever they want so long as it is guaranteed to cause cavities.
Dessert is served. And Lollipop, my dear sweet Lollipop, turns into a master manipulator. She waits. And waits. And waits. And waits.
Till Giggles is done. Till he is forced to sit there and watch her eat her dessert. In its entirety. Bite by drool-inducing bite.
She prods him along by asking, “Aren’t you done yet, buddy?” Or makes comments like, “You only have three pieces left!” With a big, serene smile, of course.
Giggles, so far, is oblivious. Not bothered in the least. But I know it’s only a matter of time. Before he figures it out. Before he fights back.
Before he dishes out something guaranteed to give Big Sister her, well, her just desserts.
What do you know of sibling rivalry? And what should I do about it? Enroll them in chess class??