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It occurred to me today that we parents of more than one child are simply expecting too much if we expect our children to love and get along with each other. I mean, think about it. If your husband had more than one wife and he claimed to love each of you equally, in your own unique way, would you have any desire to love and get along with the woman? Would you go out of your way to share your things with her — your home? Your computer? Your TV? Your husband’s attention? (Well, okay, maybe sometimes we wouldn’t mind sharing that!)

If we’re Christian parents, we should definitely realize that we’re expecting to much. What source are we, as Christians, supposed to look to for guidance in our lives? The Bible! Okay, so let’s look at some Biblical siblings. We’ll start with Cain and Able. C’mon, even most of our non-Christian friends know enough about the Bible to know how that sibling relationship ended!

That’s just one example, you say. They can’t all be that bad. Okay, how about Jacob and Esau. Jacob tricked his brother, Esau, out of his birth right, then, had to go spend the next couple of decades in another country so that his brother wouldn’t kill him like Cain did Able.

Need more proof? How about Joseph? Ten of his eleven brothers plotted to kill him. It wasn’t until the oldest got to feeling a bit guilty that they decided to sell him into slavery to a traveling caravan instead. And, they still told his poor father that he was dead!

What about Jesus’ own brothers? They thought he was crazy…and a little conceited! They ran him down to all the neighbors.

So, really. Let’s face it. This ain’t Leave it to Beaver. We’re expecting too much if we think our kids should love one another and live in harmony, gladly sharing everything and being happy that they were blessed with such wonderful siblings. We should just be happy if we make it through the day with everybody still living in the same country and relatively unscathed for their time together. It could be worse!

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  1. HEY!!!! I did not make that up!lol Now, with that said, I enjoyed your post. It is a good point. And believe me, we have more than our fair share of sibling rivalry and arguing. I think it is too much to expect from anyone living in such close quarters to always get along (I mean, sheesh, my hubby and I even get on each others nerves sometimes). You also forgot the sibling example of Leah and Rachel. You can just feel the tension between those two (speaking of sharing a husband)!

  2. love it! this is just what I needed. I’ve been waiting for my boys to put Evan in a pit and sell him into Egyptian slavery! LOL

  3. Yeah, we have a lot of sibling rivalry here too! I have two pre-teen girls already in pubery full swing!(moods and all!) A pregnant girl(who wants to kill everyone) and the twins who are strategically trying to drive me and everyone else, crazy. A lot of bickering goes on, but they love each other too. I liked this post a lot.

    Donna Scott

  4. LOL to your post. Although, seriously, all those references were ***before*** Christ became man, so, alas, we’ve got no excuse because we, unlike the Old Testament guys and gals, should know better.

    Sigh. =-)

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