So Good, They’ll Think It’s For Them

by Marinka on August 12, 2011

This post is sponsored by Hillshire Farm.

Excuse me, but what is the normal age, developmentally speaking, for siblings to stop bickering?

The whole “he started it”/”she looked at me”/”he is stealing my oxygen” type of bickering that makes otherwise sane parents retreat to the bathtub and rock themselves back and forth gently.

I’m asking for a friend.

An acquaintance, really.

Because, OMG.

My kids are 13 and 10, so they’re by no means little, and yet.

Thank goodness for dinnertime. (Mmmm…dinnertime…)

Because if you’re like most normal people, you cherish those moments when your entire family has gathered around the dinner table, enjoying a delicious meal that you prepared. Nutrition, nourishment, what could be better?


The kids shut the heck up while they’re chewing and finally, FINALLY there are a few moments of blessed silence.

It’s enough to make you want to feed your kids every day.

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August 12, 2011 at 7:21 am

Wait? What? I could have been having moments when my 8 and 9 year old are silenced by putting food in their mouth instead of spewing insults at each other out of their mouths? If I just cook?



Bronwen August 12, 2011 at 8:39 am

I am 27, my brother is 19… and I’m sad to say we still bicker.

We do live on opposite sides of the country, however (I’m in Boston, he’s in Colorado), so usually when we do see each other we have a few good days until all hell breaks loose. Though I have found we get along better when our parents aren’t around… maybe they’re the problem, ha!


August 12, 2011 at 8:56 am

My kids talk with their mouths full.



Katie August 12, 2011 at 9:08 am

Even though I don’t have kids, I can totally appreciate this post. What a great commercial and it was a perfect bit for Wendi McLendon-Covey!


August 12, 2011 at 9:58 am

You have quiet while they eat??

While we love our Hillshire farms sausage, we don’t have the quiet.

Sigh, Marinka, your life is that of dreams.


Ry Sal August 12, 2011 at 10:34 am

i have a 3 year old son and a 3 month old daughter… thanks for glimpsing our future…


the mama bird diaries
August 12, 2011 at 10:57 am

I don’t bicker with my sister anymore. I’m 41. She’s 32.


heartlightdg August 12, 2011 at 11:32 am

Well, never thought it would happen but yes it did, when they were about 22 and 24….had to tell my daughter, who is the oldest, that her brother didn’t need her to be his bossy older motherly sister anymore and to simply be his friend. Until then, lol, I despaired. He tortured her, she bossed him around and chased him with kitchen utensils. I used to send them upstairs to their rooms and tell them they couldn’t come down until they were friends. After about ten minutes, they would come down, holding hands, fake grins and all, and say, We’re friends now Mom! Yeah right, I sooo believed them. But hey I didn’t care, they were done fighting – for a minute or two.
At the moment I am torturing myself camping with my grandkids who are 13 and 8 and omg, do they ever say anything nice to each other??!! Yep, I love them, really I do, deep inside. Sigh. Anyone got any Valium?


Karen at French Skinny August 12, 2011 at 11:36 am

Love it. Coming from a family of 5 kids, the bickering never stops, it just dies down for awhile…..until the dip comes out.


Dawn August 12, 2011 at 11:57 am

Your kids stop bickering while they eat? I’m lucky words are the only thing thrown at my dinner table, if I were to turn my back there would likely be a food fight. sigh.


Kara August 12, 2011 at 12:32 pm

I’d say my daughter was 20 and my son 18 when they first began to get along. I don’t know if that’s the “normal age, developmentally speaking” because it’s my family and, well… who wants to be “normal” anyway?


August 12, 2011 at 2:34 pm

There are worse things than siblings bickering. When we were kids, my sister stabbed her fork into the back of my brother’s hand as he reached for the last artichoke heart. Happy ending, though: as all hell broke out at the dining room table, I snuck in and got that last artichoke heart. Yum.


Julie McGuire
August 14, 2011 at 12:11 am

Good luck. My college freshman is home for the summer and I’m still waiting for her to share a kind word with her younger sister. And Peajaye, you are a woman after my own heart.


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