Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Fighting like Cats & Dogs

Or two year old and dog to be more exact.

I thought being the parent of only one child meant I wouldn't have to deal with sibling rivalry.  And I didn't.  Until we got Roxy.  Now I think I understand why I hear parents yelling at their kids all the time.

My patience is running thin.

They antagonize each other just like siblings.  Evie waves a blanket in Roxy's face so she'll grab it and start playing tug-of-war.  Then Evie yells at her to let go.  If she doesn't, she starts crying.  Her fake cry of course.  Which gets Michael every time.  By now, I'm immune.

Roxy's not innocent either.  If Evie runs by her, she's almost always going to follow, getting under her feet and probably stealing whatever toy she's playing with. 

I've given more timeouts in the past few days than I ever have.  To  both of them.  I think they may be slowly driving me insane.  Like, really insane. 

What am I going to do when Roxy weighs fifty pounds and continues this behavior?  She'll drag Evie clear across the room if they tug-of-war with a blanket, and I have a feeling the blanket would be the one to suffer. She'd eat whatever toy she stole in one gulp.  

How in the world do parents deal with this everyday?  Or is that why they invented wine?


  1. I'm going through the exact same thing with our puppy and 4 year old.... get used to leaning on wine for support. If you find the secret fix for it, please, I beg you... share the knowledge! :)

  2. Oh my gosh! Our lab is almost 8 months and a little over 80 lbs. I am really, really hoping he'll be over the puppy stage before our human kids come along.

    One thing I know now...I never realized how much similar raising a puppy is to raising a toddler. ;)