I wish I could say that most days look like this:
Or even this:
I wish I could say that my boys, my boys that I planned 18 months a part for a reason, were best of friends. Brothers who actually got along more than once a week.
But most of the time, they look like this. Ignore my foot in the picture. But like most moms, I don't take many pictures of the boys fighting, so I have to use what I got:
But they don't. I have tried EVERYTHING.
I have tried disciplining.
I have tried separating.
I have tried negotiating.
I have tried persuading.
I have tried discussing.
I have tried convincing.
I have tried ignoring.
NOTHING has worked.
Now don't get me wrong. Evan is a very protective big brother to outside forces. If I could only get him to be a loving and patient brother all the time. And it has gotten worse now that Carter is old enough to instigate and that Evan is now in preschool.
They are non-stop picking on each other. Both equally.
Help! If this continues, I will need to buy a wig because I will have pulled every last hair out of my head. Mom of boys, please tell me it's a phase, that eventually, it clicks, and they stop picking. Or at least tell me, this is normal between brothers. Or you can just lie to me ;-)!