Thursday, September 29, 2011

Sibling rivalry-- something finally clicked (other than my clenched jaw)

Kids do weird things.

If you'll recall from one of my previous posts, my 9-year-olds are suddenly like oil and water. They can't stand being around each other for longer than 5 minutes.

In an attempt to put an end to the screeching and bring peace back into the house, I have robbed both kids of TV and video game privileges "until morale improves". Of course that gave them something else to screech about, but it seems to be marginally effective.

Since mornings are usually when most of the nastiness occurs, I naturally expected the worst when I first heard them stirring at 6:30 this morning. The stirring I heard was actually Clifford wandering into my room to inform me that Alexander was already downstairs and hadn't gotten dressed yet. Alexander used to be the town crier, but it appears that he has abandoned his post and Clifford has wasted no time assuming the responsibilities.

I call down to Alexander to have him come get dressed, per morning routine. His response? "Mom, I can't be up there with him".
What?? Are you a robot like that kid from Small Wonder?

We all want our children to grow up well-equipped to make good decisions. This one far exceeded my expectations of a hyperactive 9-year-old boy. He knew he would fight with Clifford, so he just went downstairs, sat on the couch, and waited.

I can only imagine that this impressive move in his part has more to do with his desire to regain access to the computer than with his ability to remove himself from potentially disastrous situations involving his brother. But I'll choose to believe he's bright beyond his years, that's what moms do. And I'll hope this ability remains with Alexander when Clifford tries to convince him to do something really stupid. Because we all know that's coming....

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