This is not normal, people.
I was talking to someone today about the various difficulties we've been facing recently with Bright Eyes' high levels of anxiety.
"... and then, when he starts yelling at his siblings, it's just really hard," I said.
"Oh yes, but that's just siblings, isn't it?" she said. "I mean, my two are at it all through dinner at the moment. That's normal."
I didn't say it, but I wanted to.
No! It. Is. Not. Normal. What I've got is not just Normal Sibling Rivalry. I know what sibling rivalry is. I know how to handle it. I can do sibling rivalry with my eyes shut and my hands tied behind my back.
Bright Eyes does NOT do normal sibling rivalry, and it's a LOT harder than she thinks, and it's NOT normal. So There.
If I have another person say, "But that's just normal kids stuff," in any context whatsoever in relation to Bright Eyes in the next week, I think I might just do something. I don't know what yet, but it'll be extreme.