Lately this one thing with the girls has been socks. It seems like every morning my girls have been fighting over socks. They wear uniforms for school so that part is easy, unless I haven’t done laundry in a while and no one can find a clean shirt!
At the beginning of the week, Lizzie makes a pile of socks that are ‘hers’ for the entire week. In her mind, keeps Evelyn from wearing them. In reality, it does no such thing since she leaves them out in the open where Evelyn can take them. Lizzie hasn’t figured out that if she hides the socks they might still be there when she wants to wear them.
Every week, Evelyn takes a pair of socks Lizzie had ‘reserved. This results in LIz begging me to wash a certain pair so that they are ready for when she wants them. She has even told her sister that she will find her at school and make her trade socks. Of course, this makes Evelyn cry and then we end up being later for school than I would like.
I know I should be thankful that it is just socks they are fighting over, but every time they have this fight, I envision fights over the bathroom, shoes, other clothes and boys. They could also be fighting with their brothers, which usually happens later on in the day.
I don’t always step in and fix the fight, I want them to figure it out and work it out for themselves. They have to learn how to work out problems for the rest of their lives and screaming “mom she took my socks” will not work with college roommates or co-workers.
Since school is almost over, I will endure the sock argument and try to help them when necessary. I’m sure once summer comes they will find something new to fight over and I will find myself thinking back to the simple sock incident and wonder “What are they fighting about now?”