Posts Tagged "rivalry"

Two Sticks and a Do-Over

Two Sticks and a Do-Over

We were on our way to a shop. The ground was covered by fresh snow, and my two sons (4 yr and 18 mo) were scribbling pictures into snowdrifts with sticks they found under the old chestnut tree. They were laughing, running, having fun. Before we entered the shop, I asked boys to find a place to leave their sticks. Mike, the older one, placed his stick on the stone fence. George followed his...

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Siblings: Friends or Foes?

Siblings: Friends or Foes?

My sister and I (pictured) have always been best friends. Even as children, we never fought as often or as bitterly as I saw in my friends' households, or as a babysitter now in clients' homes. When I mentioned this smugly to my mother, Sandy, she responded matter-of-factly, "I did that deliberately." She told me that when she saw us arguing, she would approach the mediation from a space of "You...

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