I have three brothers and growing up, I tended to be most competitive with the brother closest to my age (he's a year and a half older). There wasn't any one thing we were competitive about. Anything was fine. We'd try to clean faster than each other, build better snow forts, and skate faster. And if there was ever a time I wasn't clearly winning in a board game well then I'd just quit. He STILL complains about this to this day.
My four kids aren't any better. In fact, they're worse. They compete from the time they wake up until the time they go to bed. Starting with who can get dressed faster. Then it's who's going to get the "special" plate (note: none of them are really more special than the other. The kids will deem one special and then they'll all fight over it), who gets the pink cup, who gets their hair brushed first etc. It never ends. It drives my husband and I nutso.
And if you think it gets better with age, I'll point you to my mom. She has multiple medical problems as does her sister. But let there be a sale on a senior citizen's discount day and there be coupon's in hand and you just better step out of the way or you might be trampled. They'll hunt for the same bargains and one will always come out ahead. Luckily they're both very good at it so no one sister wins all the time.
Does competition run in your family? What is it about family that makes us want to compete so much with each other? Friends don't seem to do it nearly as much.
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