I have completely and utterly given up on understanding the sibling relationship between Norton and Eudora. Seriously. I’m just so done.
I expected a certain amount of rivalry… especially since Eudora’s birth ended up with Norton hardly seeing anyone but his grandparents for a week since I was released from the hospital with a horrendous stomach flu. Then it sort of settled into Norton just ignoring her, which, while not an ideal sibling relationship, was better than him throwing things at her or whatever.
These days, the sibling relationship includes a lot of crying. Usually it’s because Norton does something mean to Eudora, she cries, and he cries when I jerk him away from her. There was, of course, the time that their rivalry got a little violent and they both cried.Today, though, I just decided that the sibling relationship would be something that I would never comprehend. Eudora was trying to climb up on the couch. Norton, already comfortable on the couch, objected and prevented this manuever by kicking her in the face. Understandably, she cried. Then he cried when I caught his leg before he could kick her again. He was given the option to either give Eudora a kiss and apologize or go to his room for time out. He elected to give her a kiss.
Eudora, of course, beamed at her big brother as the tears ran down her face. She still cried a bit, so Norton showed some kindness by stroking her hair and saying, “Aww, it’s all right…” It was cute. It was sweet. It was also extremely confusing to me since his kicking her in the face was the cause of her tears in the first place. I praised him for showing her kindness, but still. It’s weird. I totally don’t get it.
Did your children ever go through a weird phase like this in their sibling relationship?