My children love each other some of the time…until they don’t. Then they loathe each other. Once we hit that joyous moment, there is no turning back. Anything the other person does aggravates the situation. Including breathing, smiling, moving, looking…everything. I know fighting with your siblings is normal…it has been going on since the beginning of time. But it’s completely exhausting playing referee constantly. I don’t think we can go two minutes without someone yelling, crying, screaming, and tattling.  The fights are completely pointless most of the time. It blows my mind to think that half the time they play so great together, then at the drop of a hat, they want to kill each other over some stupid McDonald’s toy they found under the couch that no one has seen in two years. No joke…my kids have fought over garbage. Literally garbage.

Conflict is a normal part of any relationship. But come on, kids, some of this stuff is just dumb. Here are 50 reasons why my kids are fighting.

  1. He likes the cat more…no she likes the cat more.
  2. It’s her turn to sit by mom.
  3. She almost touched him.
  4. He wanted the blue cup. She got it last time.
  5. She smiled at him.
  6. He always has to do “everything”.
  7. Who started “it”.
  8. She was singing.
  9. She took the last granola bar.
  10. He wanted to shower first.
  11. Who gets anything first.
  12. Who gets anything last.
  13. He put her Barbie in his pants.
  14. Which toothpaste flavor tastes better.
  15. Who is taller.
  16. Who won anything. Ever.
  17. She ruins his life.
  18. Who can run faster.
  19. Who has the most books.
  20. He took the last cookie.
  21. He got his dinner plate last again.
  22. Who’s special scrap of paper it is.
  23. She touched my toothbrush.
  24. He unplugged her lamp.
  25. Who gets mom’s phone first in the waiting room.
  26. Who gets to sit on what side of the bathtub.
  27. It’s mine…no matter what “it” is.
  28. What show to watch.
  29. She wanted to be first.
  30. She wanted to push the elevator button.
  31. He peed on the seat.
  32. You always open his door first.
  33. His blanket is not as warm as her blanket.
  34. Her feet smell too bad.
  35. The girls are copying him.
  36. She “stole” his book.
  37. Who gets the corner seat on the couch.
  38. OMG. It is HIS Caterpillar that is in its chrysalis…NOT HERS.
  39. Who gets the first piggy back ride upstairs to bed.
  40. Why does she always have more money?
  41. He “won” in the game. It’s not fair.
  42. She laughed when he tripped.
  43. He tripped her back because she laughed.
  44. Who gets to sit by the cat.
  45. Who is better friends with the neighbor.
  46. Who has bigger feet.
  47. Who gets to keep that special piece of garbage (literally).
  48. His room is bigger.
  49. He get’s the big side of the fort.
  50. He is looking at her.

It is clear that my children have a love/hate relationship. I guess we can only cherish the good times when they are best buds and hope they don’t end up drawing blood or…killing each other.