Ok yes I know it's normal. I think back to when I was younger and remember the fights I had with my brothers and I get vivid memories of some real good arguments. However, most of the ones I remember we were much older. I really didn't think I would be dealing with so many fights at such a young age.
The worst thing about it is that they only seem to fight like this when they are home. When my MIL watches them, I hear about how great they are together. Is it because my niece and nephew are there, so there is more to distract them? Or is it that they know how to push my buttons? I know they really enjoy testing the boundaries to see how much they can get away with. Even my counting threat has ended with me trying to figure out a consequence quick as they have decided they want to find out what happens when I get to 3. I miss the days when my saying 2 was enough to send them running:( They never asked what would happen if I made it to 3. They just knew I meant business when I started to count. I will never forget the first time B just stood there when I said 2. I was shocked. I actually forgot what the next number was because I went into panic mode trying to think of a good consequence. (That day it was taking away IPad privileges.)
Counting doesn't work when they are fighting. I often take away the objects they are fighting over but then the fighting turns to crying and that is just as loud and frustrating to listen to. Sending them to their room, often leaves me with a huge mess to clean up because they will throw their toys and books all over the floor. (pretty sure it's their way of teaching me a lesson). I have started making them have to clean it up in order to be able to come out of their room, but you can imagine how good of a job the 2 year old does with that.
When did sibling rivalry start in your home? How do you stop the fighting? For those of you with older children, please tell me when it gets better! I know there is a light at the end of the tunnel, but I just don't see it yet:(
How can these 2 adorable little kids be such trouble makers???????