Oddly, the problem crops up mainly when they are in proximity to each other. Separately, they don't seem to suffer much at all. Oh, every once in a while one of them will exhibit the occasional bout here and there, but those instances that occur when they are apart seem infinitely more manageable than when they are together. Husbandguy and I have considered that perhaps they are allergic to each other, but unfortunately we think the difficulty is not actually something that can be treated with Benadryl or immune-building allergy shots.
I'm just going to say it. The first step to solving a problem is admitting it, right?
My darlings suffer from... suffer from... I can't say it. It's too terrible... Okay. Deep breath... Our beautiful girls have... AAUGGHHH! THEYHAVESIBLINGRIVALRY!!!
There. I said it. That was sooo hard to admit. You should be grateful that you don't have to deal with this. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. Well, maybe my worst enemy. But not the 2 of you, my faithful readers.
Don't try to claim that your children also talk over each other and tattle on each other and take each other's toys/markers/shoes/etc. and shove each other and whine, "STOP IIIT!" or "MOahOM!" (seriously. that's what it sounds like. not normal, right?) and complain non-stop about everything or intentionally get into trouble so that the focus is shifted away from the other child and onto her. I won't believe you if you say it happens to you. It's too terrible, too difficult, too miserable-making for other families to possibly be experiencing it too. There can't be that much negative energy in the world.
So what are our options, we wonder. We've considered sending one of them to live with grandparents but cannot decide which to send away and which to keep. It's not an option that one of us takes one of them and lives somewhere else
Sigh... I don't know. Poor me...