Things my children argued about this holiday

My oldest son is nine and my girl has just turned eight. There was many a raised eyebrow when I announced I was pregnant again when my firstborn was just nine months old. That first year with a baby and an active toddler was a blur and I am not sure I actually even retrieved my hair brush from the hospital bag.

I have to say that having two children just 18 months apart was in hindsight a wise move as they are often on the same page in terms of interests – whether that be favoured outings, games, TV or cinema choices.

They adore each other. And just last night when my little girl was finding it hard to get back to sleep before the re-start of school, I found my big boy snuggled next to her in bed reading her a story to distract her.

Gorgeous. Yes? But there is a flip side. They squabble about everything. And I mean EVERYTHING.

Sometimes it is funny, but often it makes me want to tear my own eyebrows off in frustration.  It is driving me slowly insane. At this rate, I’m going to have to hire Judge Rinder to preside over things (he can bring his mate Benedict Cumberbatch for the really tricky decisions).

Please tell me I am not alone in the random range of bickering and sniping they can indulge in. Here is a taster of some of the things they have argued about this Christmas holidays.

  1. Who is opening the pizza box. This was the humdinger yesterday that ended in tears. Would you believe me if I said there was actually two boxes and they were arguing about the one closest.
  2. Who sits next to their little brother in the car. That means sitting in the middle seat and not near the window – which would be anyone else’s preferred space. No – they have to argue over the rubbish seat.
  3. Whose scooter/bike/person is getting out of the car first. It doesn’t matter that no one is moving until everything and everyone is out. Also, it is always the one in the middle out last. You’d think they’d get on to this. Alas no.
  4. Who is deleting who’s programmes off the Tivo box. This escalated into full on war. All manner of “Santa knows you are lying” tactics were employed to get to the truth until we discovered Tivo itself was deleting the programmes – it had reached its breaking point and decided the 43 episodes of Arthur and 28 The Next Steps were a step too far.
  5. Cheating. I really wanted to be one of those awesome mums that actually play with the board games they buy their kids for Chrimbob. Five minutes in and I was swigging Bailey’s from the bottle and stuffing eight shortbread biscuits into my mouth in frustration. A game of Don’t Laugh where the aim of the game was to not chuckle at the other person’s funny joke, turned into a warped game of Don’t Bash. They would push and shove each other in frustration if the other one stayed straight-faced. Sidenote: I blame the game for the crappy selection of jokes it offered – the ones I made up were way better and hey yes I did win (by default really for not beating up Daddy).
  6. What we have for dinner. Even if it was dining out and a treat. I didn’t mind this one so much though as it meant I could ‘put my foot down’ and go for my preferred option. Hello chicken chow mein.
  7. Who is helping cook dinner. Please, please just let me crack on without having to supervise carrot peeling spars or pouring pasta into the pot disputes.
  8. Who hasn’t finished their dinner. With the lure of the Chocolate Orange, tubs (whole tubs now) of Haribo and selection boxes galore on offer – getting them to eat anything green was like trying to get Gwyneth Paltrow to eat curry and chips in a barmcake. The boy would hide things in his festive napkin and the girl would wait until you left the room and scrape it into the bin. These tactics were ill thought out however as they were dining beside skilled whistle blowers.
  9. Toothpaste spitting. We’ve insisted they don’t brush their teeth side-by-side. Honestly we have. But sometimes in the mad rush to get to Granny’s house for lunch (our new getting dressed time) or when sleep-walking them to bed after drinks at the in-law’s home, this didn’t go to plan. Guaranteed no matter how exhausted they were they’d still rustle up the energy to argue over who was closest to the cold tap. Then there would be a symphony of screeching as deliberate dribble landed on the other’s hand. Every. Single. Time. Jeez – you’d think they’d learn to dodge the discharge.
  10. Who holds mummy’s hand. I am milking this one. There was a time recently when no one held my hand as they hurtled towards deep puddles and suspicious items on park walks. I am enjoying a small resurgence of late that will be short-lived I am sure. It’s lush for me, but no doubt very annoying in busy shopping centres and narrow lake paths as we three march in a row like we are in the video for ‘hey hey! we’re the monkees!’

Strangely though as I sit in this house, quiet for the first time in two weeks, I am sort of missing the wrangles. Good job I know there is a birthday in the girl’s class today so we all have the “she’s got a sweet and I haven’t” joyful debate to look forward to.

Followed by the I hate that dinner altercation. Then the “I’m older, I should stay up longer” argument. Swifty replaced again with the toothpaste stand off.

Might get the Don’t Laugh game out ready to cheer us all up.



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15 Comments on Things my children argued about this holiday

  1. Coombemill - Fiona
    January 6, 2016 at 11:21 am (7 years ago)

    With 6 children very close in age I understand totally where you are coming from, on the plus side for me after an argument with one of my kids there is always someone else to hang out with, though dinner time debates and arguments can get very heated with everyone there. #Sharewithme

    • Alison
      January 28, 2016 at 9:40 am (7 years ago)

      I bet it brilliant in your house – never a dull moment x

  2. Suzanne
    January 6, 2016 at 12:03 pm (7 years ago)

    Yep, I can relate to ALL of this and I’m sorry to say, it doesn’t get easier! I wrote a mental post (didn’t actually publish it) during the holidays with a similar title. Our current ‘bust up’ is over the mobile phone charger. Who has had it for how long and since when? (And from the adults too). Drives me bonkers! My eldest two are 18 months apart as well. Sheesh is tough going!

    • Alison
      January 28, 2016 at 9:39 am (7 years ago)

      This has started too – for their tablets – I dread adding phones into the actual mix *shudders* x

  3. Becky | Spirited Puddle Jumper
    January 6, 2016 at 12:48 pm (7 years ago)

    Oh god Alison, I can TOTALLY resonate with so many of these as Freddie and Sasha are only 15 months apart and the bickering has started big time! They love each other loads and play nicely a lot of the time, but the squabbling over seemingly nothing makes me want to headbutt the sink! Great post lovely x

    • Alison
      January 28, 2016 at 9:39 am (7 years ago)

      Haha to headbutting the sink x I can’t imagine your lovely two arguing x

    • Alison
      January 28, 2016 at 9:38 am (7 years ago)

      It is the daft things isn’t it. Loons x

  4. Jenny
    January 11, 2016 at 8:20 pm (7 years ago)

    As I read this I thought up my own childhood of me and my brother that’s closest in age to me are very close friends always have been but we bickering like this constantly. I mean about everything you looked at me, no I didn’t, you touched my blanket, no I didn’t, I want it no I want it. My poor mother as we were the last of eight kids I am sure had her moments of eyebrow ripping. She always told us though looking back it was how we said we love each other. We are still thick as can be and teasing banter with each other as adults. He is my best friend when it came down to it he could tease me but anyone else did and they were in big trouble. lol I think it’s frustrating for you but natural. My two aren’t old enough to have things to bicker about but 20 months apart I can relate and be prepared for it to come too. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me blog hop. I hope to see you again this week for another great round. #sharewithme

    • Alison
      January 28, 2016 at 9:37 am (7 years ago)

      I love sibling banter – it is the best. You can take it right close to the knuckle. Thanks Jenny x

  5. Julie Downes
    January 12, 2016 at 1:50 pm (7 years ago)

    Oh no I am a little saddened to learn that things don’t get better the older they are. Mine are 3 and 1 and have been arguing over a ride-on toy the youngest was given for Christmas even though they already have two others they could use! #thelist
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    • Alison
      January 28, 2016 at 9:37 am (7 years ago)

      Julie – sit down as hit to break it to you – they get worse ha x

  6. You Baby Me Mummy
    January 13, 2016 at 3:23 pm (7 years ago)

    Ah you see this is why I only have one child! :) Seriously the pizza box!? Well my little one can scream and shout because she wants X when it is in her ACTUAL hand, so I guess all kids are mad 😉 Thanks for linking up to #TheList x
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  7. Sarah MumofThree World
    January 14, 2016 at 6:31 am (7 years ago)

    I can so relate to this! And I’m sure it’s not unique to a small age gap. There are four and three quarter years between my eldest and my daughter (I have a lovely peaceful boy in between) and they argue from the moment they get up until the moment they go to bed. We’ve had the deleting things off the telly argument, my boys used to spit on each other when teeth cleaning. And as for the someone got a sweet because it was someone’s birthday in their class, oh my goodness! Why couldn’t they just realise that it would be their turn next week? Why did it have to cause an argument every flipping time?!
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    • Alison
      January 28, 2016 at 9:35 am (7 years ago)

      Bloomin’ kids hey. At least they will be able to hold their own with all this practice x


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