There is a whole lotta to write about this subject!
If you have children or siblings then you know all about this! Shoot, if you have a husband then you know about bickering. But I like to call it playful bantering with my husband.
My girls play so well together. They have the most amazing imaginations, and I can hear them upstairs in their playroom building forts, giggling & going on amazing adventures together. They tell each other they love one another & kiss. When one of them spends the night out, the other is briefly upset until they realize all the attention that they will get.
I have tried all types of things to stop it or at least keep it minimal. Sometimes, I lock them in the backyard. Sorry, but that one is my favorite. Lots of times it will change their mood, and they will start having a great time again. Other times, I make them sit on the stairs and hold hands for an allotted amount of time. Then, for every little thing they might keep doing to each other on the stairs, I will add more time. And YES, my mother did both of these things to me!
Lots of times I end up telling them that "I don't care" about the little bickering tattle tells they come to me about! I say to figure these things out on their own. My husband makes them kiss and hug. He has such a special way with them. He is so playful and can usually change their foul moods into playful laughter. I'm not quite as good at this as he is though.
I remember my brother and I fighting about all kinds of silly things - He was looking at me. He put his hand over the neutral line in the car. He made weird noises & faces. He bothered me when my girlfriends were over. He was annoying. But I love him and laugh about those funny things now. My mom didn't think they were funny at the time though.
Well, there are plenty of solutions out there too & advice to END the bickering. All you need to do is google it! Good Luck with the finale of that. Learning to cope is what you really need to google. I think that new disciplines work for a bit, and then it falls back to old patterns - as in bickering. I think this is normal for most families at least the ones I know. So, I guess it's just a part of life, a part of parenting, a part of relationships, a part of sisterhoods & brotherhoods. I guess I am just a member of the club of bickering like most everyone else.
I think that I just have to let it roll off my shoulder, cope and have a glass of wine!
What are thoughts about bickering? Funny memories? Current Frustrations? Clever Bickering Disciplines for Kids?