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Sibling Rivalry

Hopefully, you haven’t had any children stabbing each other with forks like I have (the rest of the story is below the video if you haven’t heard it), but maybe you can relate to contention, fighting and arguing in your home. Watch this short video to learn a great tip about what you should do when sibling rivalry exists in your home.

 

 

Yes, there was a fork in my son’s arm one Sunday. Two of my boys were fighting over leftover french toast. When I heard the arguing and shoving in the kitchen, I decided to see what the commotion was about.

This was definitely a time to intervene because to my shock, I found a fork hanging out of my son’s white church shirt sleeve. I said a naughty word and asked the perpetrator what had happened. He ran from the room and broke into tears.

I attended to the wound, which fortunately, was only a small one-pronged hole that had not gone too deep. I coaxed the guilty son to come and see that the wound was minor and to apologize. He was too emotionally distraught to get up off the couch. I took the opportunity to remind him that when we don’t control our anger, we may end up doing things we regret and can’t take back.

The victim was quickly bandaged with some ointment, and he apologized to his brother for trying to take the french toast away. He calmly stated that the fight was his fault which was an amazing example of understanding and maturity.

Of course, the son who had poked the fork into his brother’s arm didn’t mean to do that. He had only meant to punch him, but in the heat of the moment, he had not realized that he was holding a fork! Besides my one boy being a saint to accept the blame when he was the one who was injured, the day was joyful as the two brothers got along well the rest of the day.

But by the next day, they were arguing about something else…

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