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Brother, 9 and sister, 6, fighting constantly
I feel so upset, because I had a great time with my sister growing up, and I feel like my own kids are having such a terrible experience. They hardly ever play together. It's like they are two only children.
My son loves to read, which is great, and he plays with his lego by himself. My daughter does tons of crafts. And of course they play with their own friends. But they rarely play together. When they do interact, it's almost always fighting about something -- who got a bigger snack, who gets to sit in the corner of the sofa, etc.
My son loves to tease my daughter. She is good-tempered and calm by nature, and used to ignore it, but lately she has been getting angry and fighting back, usually scratching him. He has several horrible scratches on his face right now from their fights.
He is also an awesome kid -- he does well in school (and behaves well there), he plays sports, and he's cheerful and playful with his friends. But he's awful at home, and this cheerful, lovely kid turns into a grumpy kid with a mean streak.
Wondering if anyone has experienced something similar and has any ideas -- other than keeping them apart -- which does work -- but how sad is that?
Globetrotting mama to DS (9) and DD (6)