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to wonder if all teenage siblings behave like this

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hoipoloi Tue 08-Jan-13 19:31:51

I am looking after my brother (13) and sister (15) for the the next 5 weeks whilst my parents go trekking in the Andes for the 25th wedding anniversary. They've been here since Friday and they seem to swing wildly between being lovely and cute to each other to be being so nasty and hurtful.
On Saturday they fell out over a comment made on Facebook and it ended in a full fight until I realised and stopped it and they both had the look of hatred for each other on their faces. My brother has three nasty cuts on his neck where my sister dug her nails into him. I've also heard them call each other twat-face, slag, dickhead and prick etc.
On the other hand last night my sister helped him do his maths homework that he was struggling with and tonight my sister has had a netball game and he ran her bath and is in the living room rubbing her feet at the moment.
I'm quite a bit older than them so can't relate to them, do all teenagers behave in this way and have such variance in behaviour towards each other.

ssd Tue 08-Jan-13 19:35:25

sorry, only made it to the end of the first sentence before bursting with rage and resentment

5 weeks trekking in the Andes??? envy

I'd give my right arm for that, the only trek I get is round asda

lucky lucky buggers envy again

and yes as teenagers they sound normal to me

queenebay Tue 08-Jan-13 19:35:36

Me and my sister used to rip the hair out of each others head most days!

Alisvolatpropiis Tue 08-Jan-13 19:36:21

My friends younger brother and sister were exactly like that with each other. Have been since they were children. They're not much better now they're early 20's/late teens respectively!

Greenkit Tue 08-Jan-13 19:39:15

You have the same set up as my children, my eldest is DD 23 and I have dd16 and ds 14..

They go from love to hate in a heart beat. Leave em to it xx

greenplastictrees Tue 08-Jan-13 19:40:28

My twin nephews fight like cat and dog...but they are also each other's best friends and biggest fans. They can be lovely to each other and will always defend each other but other times you'd think they despised each other.

AnneNonimous Tue 08-Jan-13 19:41:33

The only weird thing about your post is that he is rubbing her feet?! No way in hell my brother would have ever done that for me!

mrsjay Tue 08-Jan-13 19:42:00

the sound normal although my teen girls don't fight physically they shoot bile and venom at each other when they do fall out hmm good luck and dont let the buggers away with it,

Groovee Tue 08-Jan-13 19:42:19

They sound like my 2. They have a love hate relationship too.

hoipoloi Tue 08-Jan-13 19:47:17

ssd- They've been wanting to it for the last 30 years

mrsjay- I'm not its just they switch so quickly

mrsjay Tue 08-Jan-13 20:00:04

sorry i meant to finish but my dds were bickering ( oh the irony grin mine will bicker argue spit venom 1 minute and the next wil be laughing showing each others stuff on you tube the next teenagers are extreme it is normal although dd1 is nearly 20 so she is a bit more erm regulated in her moods

mrsjay Tue 08-Jan-13 20:01:20

I do have a sister but she is 12 yrs younger than me so i never had that teen thing,

BlackholesAndRevelations Tue 08-Jan-13 20:02:40

Rubbing his sisters feet?! Yes that is very bizarre...

Hassled Tue 08-Jan-13 20:05:14

My older two were a bit like this - would have physical fights at an embarrassingly old age over things like ownership of the TV hand-control but were fiercely loyal to each other. When DD's mate rang from a party to say that DD had had way too much to drink and was in a state, DS1 went to get her. When DS1 was in trouble, DD was on the train to see him in a flash. But put them in the same room for any length of time and there will be vicious slagging off and bitching.

freddiefrog Tue 08-Jan-13 20:08:33

I used to be like this with my little brother.

Woebetide anyone else who hurt or bullied him, but we'd tear strips off each other

My girls at 7 and 11 are like it now too. Alternating between being nice, helping, and standing up for, each other, they fight like cat and dog

ErrorError Tue 08-Jan-13 20:11:12

Me and my sister had the same sort of relationship you describe... one day we'd be scrapping to the point of her shoving me into a dressing table breaking my toe, and me whacking her with my clarinet... then other days we'd gossip about boys and share make-up tips. Sounds totally normal! Just ride it out.

Annunziata Tue 08-Jan-13 20:12:03

Yep! I have to say they've never scratched each other though. And I wouldn't like to hear them use language like that.

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