Yesterday my kiddos were arguing. I could hear them from where I was. The Boyo was poking at the Sweet Pea verbally, and she was getting a little hot under the collar.
Picking, picking, picking. And I could hear her getting more and more frustrated until she yelled at him to stop!
I walked in to intervene (I like to stay out of it for a little bit to see how they resolve their issues).
"What is going on in here?" I asked.
"Daddy?" Sweet Pea said.
"My brother is AGONIZING me!" She said with her best angry, pouty lipped face.
"Do you mean 'antagonizing'?" I asked.
"Yes. He's antagonizing me!"
Apologies were offered and accepted. We talked about better ways to treat each other and better ways to express frustration. We role played a little. And Sweet Pea got ten points for her attempted vocabulary!
And life goes on.
I love my kiddos!