My kids, well, they can fight over literally anything. It can drive me crazy although I really try not to step in until one starts pummeling the other or I can't take the yelling any more. 'Round these parts it's almost always the younger, bigger, and less controlled kid hitting his older brother. He's not even four so I hold out hope he's going to grow out of that response to not getting his way, although he does get an immediate time out. And while I hate to "blame the victim" I do wish K would learn that yelling, even if you can't get a fricken' word in edgewise and that was your toy (and even if mommy does it sometimes also to no avail), just ends up in pain.
- Whose plate is bigger (they had the exact same plate)
- Whose piece of toast is bigger (these kids have never managed to finish even the smallest serving of cinnamon sugar toast)
- Whether the juice is called "cranberry-grape" or "cran-grape" (hey, just like the tastes great/less filling commercials, only one wanted me to actually punish the other for calling it the "wrong" name).
- One was exaggerating about never getting to do something or other, the other used the "bad word" exaggerate (that's partly our fault, in that my husband thinks they learned to exaggerate from me, and he never lets them get away with it)
- Whose turn it was to "read" which book to each other (impressive two non-readers could turn reading into a contact sport)
- Who got to hold the dog (they usually just wander around and never offer to hold the dogs)
- Cold versus warm water in the bath and who sits where (you'd think the kid who hates baths would just want to get in and our as quickly as possible)
- And we always have the standard fights over the carseats, sippy cups, certain chairs, sleeping with mommy, which book to read and of course most of the toys.
Warning, little boy violence coming up.
My funniest documented fight was when one got mad at the other for not falling down dead when "shot." Mom, he didn't fall down and I shot him. Surprisingly, not a punishable offense in our house.
Cross-posted at Silicon Valley Moms Blog.