Sibling Rivalry Kicks My Ass, or So I Tell 200,000 Friends

by doodaddy on March 10, 2009

Hey, all. My latest article — and a cute picture of the girls, more to the point — is now available in the March print edition of Bay Area Parent. Check it out at your local grocery store, pediatrician’s office, bird cage, or, if you’re not in the area, the magazine has an online presence, too.

Click here to check it out. You’ll need to put in an e-mail address; feel free to use mine (doodaddy at — or make one up.

Want a taste?

“No, daddy,” she begins, clearly hinting that I’ve missed the point completely. Gently, she pushes on my thigh to turn me back to the dishwasher. “You just concentrate on your thing. I got it.”

That’s my girl!

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Nan March 11, 2009 at 8:54 am

Great article! I used to notice that my kids would need to have a cry, and would invent any weird reason to. Seems like Boo does the same thing! Clearly, “How come *I* don’t get to vomit?” is not the issue, but she can’t communicate the complicated lifechanging stuff. She just needs to throw herself on the floor and have a good cry. And with someone there to help her feel okay about it, it was a GOOD cry.

Even my 11-year-old is not immune. He SAYS he is not stressed about the barbaric 11+ exam, so how can he cry about it? Instead, he recently had to invent a sibling issue out of the blue. I was waiting for it, since I could see the stress building, and got into the hammock with him for a long session of tears and hugs. He was so cool afterwards, and I reminded him (and his brothers) that a good cry is a good thing. You can never be too big or macho to cry.


Hannelore March 13, 2009 at 8:36 am

Sweet article. I laughed very much. It’s always good to say to your kids:”I love you both the same.”


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