Competitive Babies

The fantasy I cherished of Klara and her 2-year-old cousin playing happily together while we all admire their friendship and love for each other collapsed under the weight of full-blown sibling rivalry. 

Klara always shares her toys with friends and even strange kids. But the sight of her cousin touching any of her belongings – or any of his own belongings – makes her very angry. The kids fight constantly. If one of them stands in a certain spot, the other urgently needs to stand in that same spot. And the pushing, kicking and screaming begins. How they know that the other kid is not just any kid but a relative and thus needs to be bugged and hounded is a mystery. 

So instead of admiring cute scenes of happy babies playing together, we get to run after them, trying to prevent them from gouging each other’s eyes out. After engaging in this pastime for several days, N announced he urgently wants more kids. I have no idea how he arrived at that conclusion but here you have it. 

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4 thoughts on “Competitive Babies”

  1. In my experience, toddlers will not do each other serious harm. I found it was best to let them fight without interference. They then resolve their differences fairly quickly. I found this remarkable to observe.

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  2. Isn’t this because they’re picking up on the very different attitudes their moms have about the other? That is Klara realizes you’re a lot more interested in the cousin than other random toddlers so she sees the cousin as a threat…

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  3. After engaging in this pastime for several days, N announced he urgently wants more kids.

    Does N have siblings? IME, people tend to want to match the number of kids to the ones in their own family while growing up. Also people tend to identify with the kid who shares their birth order placement and/or gender.

    Klara always shares her toys with friends and even strange kids.
    The friends go home at the end of the day. The strange kids are in public. Her cousin is in the house but hasn’t gone home. :-p 24/7 toy and attention sharing!

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