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Why siblings turn out so different
16th June 2016

First child, aged two, plays with drink at dinner so parent takes drink away.

Throws herself onto floor, wails, weeps, screams.
Returned to table by parents.
Throws food on floor, continues to howl.
Parents speak sternly.

Throws herself back on floor.
Parents worry child will not eat enough and wake at night.
Return child to table.
Bribe child to eat dinner, including returning drink.
Child refuses to eat and throws drink on floor.
One or other parent gets very cross.
Child wakes at 5am shouting ‘BEKFUST’.

Second child, aged two, plays with drink at dinner so parent takes drink away.

Throws herself onto floor, wails, weeps, screams.
Rest of family continues to eat dinner.
Child returns to table and eats.

Third child, aged two, plays with drink at dinner so parent takes drink away.

‘More beans pees mummy’.
‘She seems hungry, what did you give her for lunch?
‘I didn’t give her lunch.’ Pause. ‘I thought you did…’