Hi all! Remember me? I feel like such a tourist on this board. I've talked to Sam's pediatrician, but I thought I'd get advice from some of you ladies as well.
Sam's got pneumonia and Drews got 2 infected ears ( and teething!!) this week. That means, with Sam home from pre-school, I'm knee deep in whiney kids and beginning to lose my mind!
So the whole sibling rivalry has truly begun. It's mostly Sam, but it's still driving me bonkers. Sam will yell at the top of her lungs, from in her room, "Drew!!! GET OUT OF MY SPACE!!!" She FREAKS when Drew gets too close to her when she's coloring or doing puzzles. Drew has started copy-catting things that she says, and when she hears Drew say "No- get out!" She cries and screams at him. She's always yelling at him, and now she's starting to be physical. I've recently caught her Dragging Drew, by his arm, out of her room, and today she was doing this really slow-motion karate kick to Drews chest. Like a push with her foot. I lecture her as I send her to time out, and ask her to think about why I'm mad, and what she did wrong. Then, when her times up, she needs to hug and apologize to Drew. I have a brother and I know how this works, and that it's completely normal. I just don't want this to escalate. She gets REALLY mad.
How do I encourage the sisterly bond? She is SO kind to everyone else, but when it comes to Drew, she's downright mean. Any ideas? Advice?