Your kid comes shrieking up to you with big fat crocodile tears rolling down their cheeks.
“Mu-uu-ummmmy… *SOB* Stacey BIT ME!”
In the next room, screams. In the distance, sirens.
Sigh. Just another Friday.
But do you ever wonder whether your kids will ever grow out of this hair-pulling, punching-the-lights-out-of-each-other phase? And should you intervene or just let them tire themselves out?
On This Glorious Mess this week, Holly Wainwright and Ben Fordham muse on their own family fights.
Listen: When does sibling fighting go too far? (Post continues…)
According to Holly Wainwright, your sparring offspring are entirely normal. No matter how well-behaved, all siblings do it.
“My kids are seven and five and they do fight quite a lot,” Holly says.
“Somebody will clock somebody and before you know it they’re screaming, rolling around.”
So when do you call a time-out on the pinching and slapping?
Child Psychologist Dr. Kimberley O’Brien told Essential Kids the turning point is when the most sensitive member of the family is affected.
If you sense the family dynamic changing, it might be time for a family meeting.
But if your kids seem relatively unscathed and go back to playing together 30 seconds later, just let them fight it out.