Sunday, February 01, 2009
The Sibling Dynamic, Part Four
Gone seem the days of her being bullied by her bigger brother. In recent months the newly turned 4-year-old has learned how to stand her ground. She's independent and strong, and maybe a bit manipulative. It used to be that when she'd complain that her brother took a toy from her or poked her, it meant that those things did occur. Now there are instances where maybe he did and maybe he didn't. It makes parenting a wee bit harder.
Even when she requires our help in sibling-related situations, she puts her own stamp on it:
Ari: Mom, Josh won't let me into his room.
Mom: Go tell him that I said he has to let you play in his room.
Ari: Joshua, Mom said you have to let me play in your room. The End!
The End? Her words and Joshua relents.