Sibling affection is a strange thing. I know this from my own experience as a sibling. It can be a very peculiar combination of love and jealousy. I always had a strong affection for my sister, but that didn’t change the fact that I sort of liked it when she got in trouble, too.
Now I have a front row seat for another sibling relationship. I watch Hannah play with her baby brother, and she alternately hugs and mauls him. Often I can’t even tell which is which. Is she trying to show her love in an overly boisterous fashion, or does she actually want to strangle him? I’m not sure. See if you can tell.
I don’t think that there’s too much I can do to mold my children’s relationship with each other. I can set some basic ground rules, but it’s something they’ll have to figure it out for themselves. I think it’s best if I don’t interfere too much, provided everyone is safe and reasonably secure. Let’s just hope that we all survive to tell the tale.