From last night:
s: Mom, you posted it! Ugh, how am I supposed to be all tough when you show that.
a: the soft and squishy side?
a: he is squishy!
s: mom, it's ok for me to have a squishy side?
me: yes, love, please never lose it.
How can he not be a sweetheart? He's got many moms dibbing him for their daughters.
What I deal with:
My kids are such sibs: they fight ALL the time, 'hate' each other, wish they were only chidlren (well, that is the older more than the younger), and would bet up anyone who said or did the same things against their brother/sister. I think that this may be true sign of love for pre-teen angst-ed kids, love to hate and never admit to love.
I make them hug each other. Best punishment ever. And privileges are ALL revoked until hugs are completed, WITH FEELING!