Hey Kid: Sibling Rivalry
There's been a lot of hype in the media lately about sibling rivalry. This is due to the fact that two brothers will be facing off against each other as head coaches in the Superbowl (#47 on Sunday.) Jim Harbaugh is the head coach for the San Francisco 49ers and his older brother John is the head coach for the opposing team... the Baltimore Ravens. I've been praying for their mother ever since the playoffs. The stress must be unbearable. Either way, the Harbaugh parents are both winners and losers.
As much as the press has tried to push the issue, the Harbaugh family has stayed neutral on all things competitive and familial. They've really conducted themselves with dignity and respect. And it got me thinking about my own siblings and my own children as siblings... and I can't see the problem. I'm the only girl in a family of 5... and the baby... by a 10 year gap. I was (and still am) spoiled rotten. There was no rivalry for me because there was no competition. My brothers didn't stand a chance against me when it came to positive attention from my parents. It was inevitable and they knew it.
As a parent, I don't see an issue between Sierra and Steel either. Maybe there is and I'm just not aware of it, but they don't compete against one another. (I don't think.) They are so different in personality, it's like comparing apples and oranges. Each one is so unique that they have truly grown up independent of each other. Not to say they don't share a sibling bond, because they do. They fight and get snarky with each other but when push comes to shove (literally and figuratively) I know they have each other's back. Some would say this uniqueness is due to the gender differences, but I think it has more to do with birth order.
Maybe I'm naive. If I get a strong reaction from Sierra and/or Steel, I will post and update or a comment to let you know. I just don't see it and I hope they don't either.