-me, Christmas 1968
I was raised an only child. I have a half brother and a half sister, but they lived with their mom and I was the only kid under my roof. I don’t have experience with normal sibling struggles and what that looks like. This is all new to me. Look at that blissfully happy baby girl! She had no idea how good she had it!
We’ve had a little bit of sibling rivalry show up now and then, with our boys. It really hasn’t been bad… until lately. It breaks my heart how manipulative and mean they can be to each other. I KNOW they love each other!
Add to that the sudden onset of teenage-itis in Will and the drama. OH. MY. GOD. THE. DRAMA. I reach my wit’s end every single day.
It’s probably worse now because of being grounded. They’re bored and upset because they can’t do what they want to do. It’ll probably get better when punishment ends, however…
My gut tells me that Will needs more space. He needs time to be alone (which I’ve always needed too.) Scott has started taking one boy out to lunch every few days, I’m taking one-at-a-time to run errands with me. I don’t think that’s enough.
I think Will would love to have his own bedroom again, but Scotty believes that he NEEDS to share a room with Will. (he’s talked himself into being afraid to be alone.)
Will has always had a nurturing spirit, especially when it comes to his little brother. He tends to put up with a lot from him because of this. Will’s willingness to sacrifice was obvious almost soon as Scotty was born. It’s amazing, especially in a child so young, however, I’m not sure we should continue to let him make those sacrifices.
If we decide to give them their own bedrooms again, I’m not sure where we’d put Scotty, since his old bedroom is now Scott’s home office/boys’ computer room. If this is the solution that needs to happen, we’ll have to figure it out.
We have a “nannycam” in the basement. (We had to resort to it because our teenagers were getting up in the middle of the night to play and wanting to sleep all day.) Last night, at almost 1:00 am, the camera captured 15 minutes of heated discussion between the boys. And, oh my God, it just made me sad. Scotty was trying to manipulate and Will just wanted to get away.
We’ve got to figure this out.