Well we have entered a new stage in this household. One where Nathan is on the move. One where whatever toy one child is playing with the other one wants. We are back to Lucas having daily time outs because he doesn't have the skills to work with Nathan.
Today Lucas was playing with a Little People Castle, Nathan came over and Lucas started panicking. I told Lucas to either play with something else or he'll have to deal with Nathan playing with the same toy he did. He kept up with not wanting Nathan to play with it. Nathan of course used it to stand up and eventually Lucas's pushed him. Nathan fell flat on his back and started crying. Lucas went for an immediate time out for pushing. At the end of his 3 minutes, he was still mad at Nathan. He did not want to apologize and give him a hug. He would have rather spent more time on the timeout step then apologize to Nathan. It was such a kid thing. An adult would apologize and not really mean it, but kids can't... Anyway he watched Nathan and I playing, he eventually came around and hugged his brother and and hour later he was loving his brother again.
Another example is Nathan was using the bicycle and turning the pedals. As soon as Lucas saw it he wanted to ride the bike.
So for all of you parenting experts, how do you handle the sibling wars? Whoever is playing with the toy first gets it? Should they have to share? How long does this last for? Will they ever become best buddies?