Any parent of multiple children remembers that as youngsters, the kids were often at each other's throat, arguing about who got the bigger slice of birthday cake and why the older kids have a later bedtime. But every once in a while, especially if the kids were close in age, you witnessed heartwarming examples of the special bond between siblings. For mom Verlonda Jackson, that moment comes every day at 4:04 p.m. when her daughter Ava excitedly greets her older brother after school.
As the first child exits the bus, 3-year-old Ava beings jumping for joy because she knows her 5-year-old brother, Tariq Jr., is about the scramble down the steps too. The pair sprint to each other, and Tariq Jr. scoops up Ava in a big bear hug. The sweet big brother gives his little sister a peck on the forehead before the two walk home, their arms slung over the other's shoulder. C'mon, now! If that pure, innocent interaction between a brother and sister who are clearly best friends doesn't warm your heart, there's not much else that could.
Though this family looks picture perfect, Jackson wants her Instagram followers to know her family is just like everyone else's. "I consider myself to be a fairly tolerant parent," Jackson begins the caption on the video post. "There are a handful of things, however, that can tip me over the edge into that dangerous place of rage, sadness, and self-doubt. Not listening is a big one. Whining is another. But nothing frustrates me more than when my kids fight with each other." Parents, who else has been here?
"They call each other names and dole out insults like “you’re a butt” and “no YOU’RE a butt.” Sometimes the fighting makes me want to scream or cry, or both. I wonder what I’m doing wrong as a parent, and I lament the fact that two of the people I love the most don’t seem to like each other at times."
"But every afternoon at 4:04 p.m. when my son gets off the school bus from kindergarten...they greet each other with hugs, kisses, and walk home arm and arm saying things like, 'You're my favorite person.' 'Thanks. You're my favorite person, too.' As a parent that’s the best I can hope for. That my babies will fight and forgive. That they will practice what it means to be a human with each other. That they will learn when to stand their ground and when to let something go. That they will learn to be siblings, maybe even favorites."
Her words ring so true, don't they? Now that we and our siblings are all adults — perhaps with kids who once went through these same stages — it's nice to know that we can still call up our sisters or brothers for advice or just to talk. So even though Ava, Tariq Jr., and their younger brother may sometimes fight, we'd bet they're going to be the best of friends in adulthood.
h/t Yahoo Lifestyle
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