Reasons My Kids Fight, The Preschooler/Toddler Edition

October 9, 2013

My sons fight….. a lot.

I referee

But seriously, BOYS = BEAR CUBS. I’m talking, on the floor WWF-style wrestling all the time. I had 4 sisters growing up and we didn’t do this. I don’t know if this is normal? But I do know, that no matter how much I try to stop it, I am wasting my time. Recently I have assumed the mindset of “the strongest will survive”…. and then end up saving my 2 year old from the 15 pound advantage his big bro has on him.

For fun (you know, so I can look back on this and laugh one day) I observed my sons for 24 hours and recorded the reasons they fought with each other. As if my nightly glass of wine needed any more justification I present to you a list….

Reasons My Kids Fight:

1. Little Brother accidentally hit the remote and changed the channel on the tv.

2.  Little Brother played with Big Brother’s toy.

3.  Big Brother broke Little Brother’s toy.

4.  Little Brother touched Big Brother’s toothbrush.

5.  Little Brother asked for water.

6.  Big Brother got in the car first.

7.  Little Brother smiled at Big Brother.

8.  Little Brother touched Big Brother’s foot.

9.  Little Brother wore Big Brother’s underwear.

10. Baby Brother spit up on Little Brother. (immediate mother intervention on this one)

11. Big Brother fell off his bike. Little Brother laughed.

12. Little Brother got out of the bathtub first.

13. Little Brother sat on the wrong side of mommy during story time.

And in their haste, they say really mean things to each other. Things that they think are bada$$ but really they have no idea what they are saying i.e. I’m gonna dare you!!!!!!!!”…. or, “UGH!!!!!!! You are not cute!” or “You are NOT my buddy!!”

Someone once told me, “Little kids have little problems; big kids have big problems.” As much as these little problems consume my day,  I know someday I’ll be wishing these types of problems would come back…fight1

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  • Heather
    October 9, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    OH my. This is my life every day!!!!!! My favorite is Little Brother asked for a drink of water. I mean, how do you even respond in these situations?!? Boy minds are sooo different than girl minds!

    • Sisters to Sons
      October 9, 2013 at 8:20 pm

      Heather, half the time I don’t know how to respond! But I think us boy moms will have it easier in the teen years, no?

  • Carrie @ Chockababy
    October 10, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Oh my gosh #6! makes me crazy! We had to set a rule. E gets in the car first, K gets out first. It’s the only way I could get the fighting to stop! Now, if only they follow the rule…

  • Jo-Lynne Shane {Musings of a Housewife}
    October 10, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    LOL. You always make me laugh. You will look back on this post one day and wish you could have those moments back. I promise! 🙂

  • Caitlin
    October 10, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Oh man…my sister and I fought terrible until we were in high school. My parents thought we would never stop. Now we are best friends!

  • Life with Kaishon
    October 10, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    I think kids fighting is normal : ). There are always fighting boys in my living room. It’s just what they do. Boys are the best.

  • Shawn
    October 31, 2013 at 7:23 am

    thanks for posting, this mad my morning. laughing almost until coffee came out of my nose!

    • Shawn
      October 31, 2013 at 7:24 am


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