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When I saw the trailer for Daddy’s Home the first thing that popped into my mind was “perfect casting!” Will Farrell plays a sincere step-dad who means well and just wants to make his family happy. In the movie he goes up against the kids’ “real” father, played by Mark Wahlberg. See? Perfect. I love the holidays.
Daddy’s Home hits theaters nationwide on Christmas Day, and it looks like it’s going to be a great family movie! Will Farrell is already the common denominator in several of my family’s favorite movies so things are looking good.
I’ve never really had to deal with a parent/step-parent dynamic. My own parents are divorced, but it didn’t happen until I was almost 30, and my entire family really likes my step-mom – there is zero competition between her and my mom. The only real competition we have in my family is between my two kids.
When I found out that I was having a second child, my son was two, and I was determined that they would get along. My childhood is filled with memories of fighting with my sisters. We get along great now, but when we were kids we never missed an opportunity to torture each other, and I smugly vowed that my kids would not be like that.
I went out and bought several books on how to avoid sibling rivalry. I made sure never ever to compare them to each other. I did everything all of the books and websites said to do.
Guess what?!? They are bad as I was with my sisters! Except in a different way. My sisters and I used to literally, physically fight. My kids? The world is a contest, and they’re the only two contestants, and the game lasts forever.
They compete on everything. I’ve seen them compare report cards to the nearest hundredth of a point. It cracks me up to watch them compete on things like who can hold a plank position longer, who can eat dinner faster, or who can whistle better. The phrase “No Jake, I eat grilled cheese better than you do” has actually been uttered at our dinner table.
On a recent trip to Washington, D.C. Fiona whined incessantly during a two-mile walk from our hotel to the Lincoln Memorial. Her feet hurt. Her legs hurt. She had to rest. But once we got there, Jake yelled “I bet I can run up all of the steps faster than you can!!” and she was off, right behind him.
And you would think I could use this to my advantage somehow, like tricking them into seeing who could fold their laundry faster or rub my feet better. But no. They seem to have an unspoken agreement that they will not compete in any way that could benefit me.
And the funniest part is, they will both try to cheat in order to beat the other one at something, but they are both terrible at cheating. Jake tries to act all cool, but he acts too casual when he’s trying to put something over on his sister. And Fiona? She just starts giggling uncontrollably when she’s trying to cheat. It’s hilarious to watch.
I can’t wait to see the rivalry between dad and step-dad on Daddy’s Home on Christmas Day– I just hope it doesn’t give my kids any more ideas about competing with each other! :-)
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