Blog of the Week: Sibling Revelry


It’s the final run up to Christmas and tempers are getting frayed. So just how do you stay on top of tantrums and keep the family happy whilst you manage to get everything done?

Here Awfully Chipper tells us how they’ve been getting on in her household this week…


Mabel had a tantrum over the little teddy bear beside the checkout in the supermarket that I wouldn’t buy for her. I was being wonderfully patient and gentle with all my “No’s” until finally I just had to wrestle her to the floor and pry it out of her hands. Perfect.

Image: Netmums

Image: Netmums

I’m reading Siblings Without Rivalry just now. I was trying to write up my notes to make a useful post for you lovely people (and for me to come back to, seeing as how it belongs to the library) but the children are thwarting me at every turn.

I tried to keep the TV turned off today when Dash came home from school, because TV time has been expanding exponentially lately and we need a moratorium. Pretty soon, he was complaining of boredom. I decided to use some of the techniques from the book:

“I know that you are a resourceful and smart person, Dash. You can think of something new to do.”
“How do you know I’m resourceful? Give me an example of a time when I was resourceful,” he countered.

What is this, a job interview? I don’t know. Probably some time when you got up to mischief and didn’t want me to know about it. Sheesh. I didn’t say any of that, but it was admittedly tricky enough to think of something. Evidently all the TV has been quashing his opportunities for resourcefulness.


Image: Netmums

I ignored him and Mabel some more.

Then there was some interval when they were both standing on the kitchen table, which hardly seemed safe, and the next time I looked into the room Mabel was throwing off all her clothes while Dash held her upside down by the legs.

I turned the TV on. Some days it’s the only thing that stands between us all and bodily harm.


Are you feeling the pressure of Christmas approaching? Do you use TV to buy you some time for getting all those extra jobs done?

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2 Responses to Blog of the Week: Sibling Revelry

  1. This is hilarious. I know this feeling so well. My excuse for having the tv on during the week is that they’ve had a long day at school so deserve some switch off time until homework! Music works wonders however, I have 3 girls all of whom love having dance competitions/musical statues and gymnastic workouts.

  2. I completely understand! I’m really trying to break the habit. I honestly believe that my two boys are losing the art of playing because I k’eep sticking the telly on to stop their fighting. We’ve started watching films after school so I can get a sit down and some peace.Can’t say I don’t recommend it really ….. Good luck ‘n’ all that jazz!

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