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For better or worse

Best friends, sort of

We’ve always known that Kirsten is a little firecracker but she seems to have gotten a little bit more fiery of late.

The husband rolls his eyes all the way back into his head whenever I sigh and say “I have no idea where she gets that from.” I have no idea why he does that either, seeing how my disposition is so sunshine and rainbows. There’s the occasional cyclonic thunderstorm but those are pretty rare. Besides, I got that from my daddy, who was a firm believer in grabbing life by the horns and giving it a proper smacking when life was being an ass.

Wait, this hereditary argument is not quite working for me here.

Okay, so it seems like I might have contributed a little to her feistiness but this girl has really taken it to the next level.

Her temper is the screamy kind and she’s very vocal about her displeasure. Like this one time, both the kids were talking at me so I kinda stoned out and Truett raised his voice to get my attention and Kirsten started yelling, like “WHY ARE YOU SHOUTING AT ME?? YOU DON’T SHOUT AT MY EAR OKAY!!!” Oh, the irony.

“First of all, Truett wasn’t shouting at you and it doesn’t warrant the screaming. I need you to apologize,” I told her firmly.

“Sorry kor kor.”

On that note, I have to say that Truett is often both the cause and object of her wrath. He intentionally antagonizes her by saying things like “You are shorter than me so I will call you shorty” just to drive her insane.

“No, I’m not shorty. I’m a big girl now.”

“But I’m taller. See, my head is higher than yours,” he says while standing on tippy toes for added emphasis.

“I’m tall just like you.”

“No, you’re short, so you have to be shorty. Ok, shorty.”

“NOOOOOO DON’T CALL ME THAT!!! *cue whiny, hypersonic meltdown*

I think this sort of behavior stems from the dumbass, masochistic part of his male psyche. Which is also evidently hereditary because the husband also suffers from the same condition. But to his credit, Truett does take her outbursts in stride and he’ll calmly give in to her to stop her from screaming.

They had another situation the other day when Truett compulsively destroyed one of her Lego creations. He does these things and it’s like his brain finally caught up with his actions after all the Lego pieces crashed to the floor and he suddenly realized that “oh crap, she’s going to lose it.” So just as she opened her mouth to scream, he scrambled to rebuild her masterpiece, muttering “ok ok ok, I build another one for you…”

We’re working on getting Tru to be less compulsive and getting Kirsten to be less temperamental but in the meantime, I guess part of being siblings is having to live with each other’s crazy.

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  • Reply Eileen December 19, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Tell me about it…. happens everyday in my household..
    “i tell mummy u do this to me”
    “i take it first” **snatching
    “I pass motion u did not! haha” **not sure where did that come fm
    “I dont want to be yr partner anymore! I dont like u”

    the list goes on…

    • Reply Daphne December 19, 2012 at 1:02 pm

      Exactly! But then again, I used to do that when I was younger too. As long as they work it out amicably it’s ok – all part and parcel of having siblings.

  • Reply xiaowei December 19, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Haha. My sis n I used to fight when we were young (clawing included). Sometimes we just argued and stared at each other so hard until we just burst out laughing. Now we’re as close as ever!

    • Reply Daphne December 28, 2012 at 7:31 pm

      It’s the magic of having siblings. :)

  • Reply Elizabeth December 20, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    I hear you! This happens everyday in my house. My second-born is loud, screamy, angsty and feisty too. She yells and “scolds” her brother everyday! And her gentle brother has learnt to fight back so there’s a lot of shoving and pushing and screaming back nowadays. Sigh.
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    • Reply Daphne December 28, 2012 at 7:33 pm

      From experience (with my bro), they’ll outgrow it in like 20 years…I guess as long as they hug and make up after that, it’s ok.

  • Reply SengkangBabies December 21, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Sorry no consolation yet, it will likely get worse before situation improves.
    Kids just like to trigger each other, out of boredom or spite, but mostly not malicious.

    However, when we spot excessive scratch marks or bruises on the kids, we are forced to enforce corporate discipline :(

    2 things are “constant” among siblings.
    – Enemies become best friends again after 10 mins.
    – Your No3 is watching and learning !! Oh No.
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    • Reply Daphne December 28, 2012 at 7:34 pm

      You must have a lot of experience with your 4 kids! Can’t imagine how insane it can get..

  • Reply Elaine December 24, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    No sharing from this mum of one! I’m absorbing it all up and getting myself prepared for all of that. Argh!!!

    • Reply Daphne December 28, 2012 at 7:34 pm

      Elaine, quick make another one and you can join in the fun!!

  • Reply Eveeleva December 25, 2012 at 9:50 am

    I thoroughly enjoyed this post! Made me laugh so very hard!

  • Reply Serenely January 14, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Hi Daphne! I was just catching up on my backlog of posts and reads and this post absolutely cracked me up! I guess it’s never a dull day in your household. I definitely see the exasperating side of parenting having to deal with this dramas every day, but seriously I wonder how you can hold a straight face as you witness these live shows happening right in front of you. Anyway hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a great start to the new year!
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    • Reply Daphne January 15, 2013 at 2:11 pm

      Not all the time! Sometimes it’s too funny and I have to turn away so I can stifle a laugh without them looking. Not always successful, I might add.

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