I know you have older kids so I’m hoping you can help me. I have two children; Carson is my 16-year-old boy and Calley is my 14-year-old girl and they HATE each other! Rene, it is literally tearing me apart inside.
I overheard Calley talking to her best friend the other day about how she wished she was an only child because everything about her brother irritates her. Even after her friend pointed out the great things about Carson (and there are quite a few), Calley wasn’t having it.
Carson’s not innocent either as I hear him talking badly about his kid sister too. Recently we went out of town; I thought it would be nice to spend some time together as a family and Carson and Calley RUINED it. They bickered constantly in the backseat of the car about absolutely nothing. By the time we got home I was exhausted.
Rene, I just don’t know how to fix this, to make it better.. Can you help?
Oh boy.. There’s good and bad news here. I think you know the good news; this is not a unique problem, heck you may have fought with your own siblings growing up, in fact, I’ll bet you did. The bad news (and it’s really not that bad) is trying to figure out how to get these kids through the next several years without killing them or giving you multiple anxiety attacks.
Pop in your ear buds and watch my video response to your question and I’m opening it up (as we always do) to GEMnation for their take on how to solve the problem. And speaking of problems, don’t forget; if you have one you’d like me to tackle, click here and fire away!
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