Why can’t they just get along

Elliott and Emmett love each other, of that I’m sure.  However, they just cannot get along. Emmett is an absolute bully towards Elliott and Elliott knows how to push Emmett’s buttons. 

I have tried everything I can to break this cycle because not only is it exhausting but it’s driving me crazy,  with capital “C”.

I realize that they are young and whatever,  but the constant fighting over everything from Lego’s, imaginary characters to portal guns made from stictak.

Why do they have to fight over everything? Why can’t they just be nice to each other?

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disillusioned

My two youngest have stopped fighting at ages 10 and 13.  And yes the peace is sweet. I think that you have to wait for the maturity to set in at least for your older E.  I also like to think that my years of preaching to them about all the reasons they should not be fighting helped a little too.

dotdash

The only comforting thing I've ever found to tell myself is that they like it. They like interacting, and they don't have the skills to do it in an entirely positive way. They are like lion cubs rolling over and over each other. It's absolutely grating for parents to listen to, but that is almost beside the point. If/when you talk to them about it, you may find they are astonished that you would even care. The older one uses force (of will or body), and the younger one uses guile. Since-the-dawn-of-time stuff.

First Lee

It'll get better. At the minimum, they'll tolerate each other as adults.

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