Nothing scares you more, as a parent, than thinking back to when you were a kid, and knowing what awful stunts you pulled (and probably got away with). What stands out to me is how my brother and I would torture each other when we were little. Siblings do some creepy things, and remembering my bizarre behavior when I was forced to “get along” with my little brother, honestly made me think twice before my partner and I pulled the trigger on having a second child.
A lot of the weird stuff my kids do is disturbing to me, mostly because I’m a grown-up and I know better and social etiquette isn't completely lost on me. They are eight and six, and aggravating each other, pulling pranks on each other, and getting one another in trouble is how they figure out which one of them I love more. No, of course not. That is crazy. However, that is how kids think. Once I calibrate my brain to that setting, I can relax a bit and consider their kooky sibling behavior to be nothing more than totally "normal." I think.
So, just when you think they’ve outgrown the creepy stuff they do as babies, a brother or sister comes in the mix and sh*t gets weird again. Here are the creepy things my kids do, as siblings, which can be adorable but is usually maddening to moms like me, who shy away from absolute chaos and toilet humor.