The Big Kids: All You Need to Know in One Photo

June 28th, 2013

This picture perfectly encapsulates the relationship between my two big kids at the moment:

Capes (Tears)

Check out their facial expressions.  They tell the whole story.

Buggie is amused by the event.  You can see by the blurring of his hand that he has just hit Miss Mouse, or is about to.  But you can also see by his body language and his face that this wasn’t an aggressive act.  It was more of a science project to see what she would do.

And what did she do?

Crumpled into a ball of whiny tears, that’s what.

Every time.

This basic scenario plays itself out dozens of times a day at our house.  Buggie may be two years younger and a head shorter than his big sis, but he has her completely figured out.  He knows what buttons to push and when and takes such delight from harassing her that I occasionally wonder if he’s a budding sociopath.

I try to tell Miss Mouse to ignore him.  That he’s only doing/saying/acting a certain way because he knows it bothers her.  You can probably guess how effective my heartfelt speeches are.

Ah, little brothers.

5 responses to “The Big Kids: All You Need to Know in One Photo”

  1. Jaclyn B. says:

    C & B do the same thing. They constantly “push each other’s buttons” and then tattle on each other. Endlessly. Now that they are older, they have gotten more clever at getting each other in trouble. For example, they know that whomever cries harder usually gets in less trouble. So, they both cry hysterically in an effort to get out of punishments. Their attempts at deception have gotten so extreme that I now put them BOTH in time out if they tattle, because I can’t figure out who is at fault!

    • Kate says:

      We’re fast reaching that point. You almost have to go to a “everyone gets in trouble when fighting breaks out” because they do learn so quickly how to fake it!

  2. Jen says:

    That’s my childhood in a picture too. My mom always said, “If you don’t let it bother you, he’ll stop doing it” but really, it bothered me. Sigh.

    Glad to report that he has stopped now. Of course, he’s also 33. Hang in there Miss Mouse!

  3. Cindi Frye says:

    But the in between years are very trying, especially in the case of my 2nd eldest daughter’s two sons, ages 10 and 14. She doesn’t see it ending any time soon. No matter what she tries or how she talks, or what she takes away, it continues. My only solution is to have them be with a grandparent, uncle, etc. while Mom and Dad are at work. They had both insisted, of course, that they would be fine, didn’t want to go to camp, etc. But I guess the behavior shows otherwise. Still SO frustrating for a parent. And of course they do it as well when Mom or Dad are close by.

    • Kate says:

      Oh dear. That must be frustrating. It sounds like they’re better for you. Miss Mouse and Buggie do much better when I’m not around, too. Something about the presence of mom makes them need to try to get as much attention as possible, even if it’s negative attention!

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