The other day, I stopped a very angry Julio from pinching Ruben by asking him to draw a picture of what he was feeling. He looked at the paper and crayons and then asked me to draw it for him. Before I could answer, Ruben eagerly offered to help, and the two of them sat down on the floor to make this:
Of course, I love this drawing. Isn't it expressive? Julio drew the little dark cloud on the left, and Ruben made all of the faces.
That is Julio on the left with his arm out trying to pinch. Ruben is
at the top, and Diego on the lower right. Julio sure looks mad, and it was a pleasure watching Ruben draw him, as Ruben kept looking up at Julio's face to get the details right. It's on an 18"x 24" paper, and was done with those wonderful beeswax block crayons.
I love the actual fighting a bit less. Over the past few months, they've had a lot of time to practice getting along with each other (including learning some shockingly colorful insults and hand gestures). I think they resolve their frequent conflicts more quickly now than they did in the beginning of the summer, and they don't always need my help to work things out, but my boys are LOUD and physical and expressive, and right now I'm ready for some quiet.
Summer vacation is almost over, and very soon we will not be spending all day together. In spite of the fighting, I think I'll miss it.