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Is there sibling rivalry at your house?

Posted by on Jun. 10, 2011 at 2:23 PM
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 I saw this in The Stir - Talk about rivalry!

Kid Teases Brother By Asking Rangers to Hit Him With Ball

Posted by Jeanne Sager
on June 9, 2011

hey rangers

As a mother of an only child, there is one thing that I miss completely. Sibling rivalry. And when I say miss it, I mean I don't have to hear "Moooooom, she's touching me!" from the backseat. But I also don't get the entertainment value.

Take the two brothers at a Texas Rangers game who have gone viral this week thanks to one's sign offering his piggy bank up in exchange for whatever ballplayer could hit a line drive ... directly into his brother's noggin. Ouch! Literally! Figuratively! Just ouch!!

That's the stuff that makes sibling rivalry grand. That's the stuff, I confess, I miss. It's so good, you can't really make it up.

Go ahead, roll your eyes at the one and done, doesn't have to deal with squabbling kids mom. But I get that, in the moment, sibling rivalry is the pits. Take it from a sister. I mean that in the literal sense, not the "I've got all my sistahs with me" sense. As in a person whose mother spawned another child, therefore ending forever her days as an only child, sole eater of the cookies and play-wither (wither-er?) of the Matchbox cars. I was none too pleased when I asked for a sister and out popped this creature who liked to sit on my head and fart.

That's what makes sibling rivalry hilarious if you step back and look at it with fresh eyes. That sign in the Rangers' ballpark? It was mean. Horribly mean. Sadistically cruel.

And, um, wickedly funny. Because these were little kids who don't think through what they do and are still sorting out their emotions. They spend so much time with one another that they get really, really angry, and they don't have the same cooling off period that they do when they leave their friends at school. We want our little darlings to love each other, but we're expecting an awful lot from two people who spend every waking minute together and very often have way too much in common (hello, same genes?). I love my brother. But sometimes, I just didn't like him very much.

Do you appreciate your kids' sibling rivalry for the hilarity it brings to your family? What did you think of this sign?

by on Jun. 10, 2011 at 2:23 PM
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charlene_kyle
by on Jun. 10, 2011 at 2:23 PM

 I wouldnt say our kids have sibling rivalry yet lol. They are to little.

robertmommie
by on Jun. 10, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Not yet, number 3 is on the way, so we shall see.

millerbunch
by on Jun. 10, 2011 at 5:42 PM

 my kiddos rivarly isn't out of control..lol

BiloxiDreams
by on Jun. 10, 2011 at 5:54 PM

In the moment the rivalry just makes me crazy and want to rip my hair out.  At the end of the day when I'm replaying it for my husband that's when I find it hilarious.  I would not have let one of my kids bring a sign like that to the game but I would have laughed about it.

JHanc968
by on Jun. 11, 2011 at 1:59 PM

None here... girls are too far apart in age.

MommaForever007
by on Jun. 11, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Not just yet :-)  Spencer is 2 and Nicole is 3 months old.  Our biggest spat is daddy giving Nicole Spencer's toy train to look at/hold and Spencer freaking out.  We'll see what happens when they get older lol

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