A brother-sister duo greeting each other after school is melting everybody’s heart.
Their new video featuring their 3-year-old daughter Ava greeting her 5-year-old brother Tariq, Jr. as he steps off the school bus is going viral for depicting the unconditional bond shared only by siblings.
In it, Tariq Jr. hops off the bus after school in a parking lot where his little sister is waiting, jumping up and down with excitement. The pair race toward each other with huge smiles on their faces and Ava, wearing a lavender sweat suit, jumps into her brother’s arms. He then plants a kiss on his sis and the pair walk off arm-in-arm.
“They fight over whose turn it is with the iPad, who has more time with the iPad, and who is better at whatever game they are currently playing on the iPad,” Verlonda captioned the post with nearly 22,000 views. “They fight over who got the bigger piece of cake, more frosting, the better plate. They call each other names and dole out insults like “you’re a butt” and “no YOU’RE a butt.” Sometimes the fighting makes me want to scream or cry, or both. I wonder what I’m doing wrong as a parent, and I lament the fact that two of the people I love the most don’t seem to like each other at times. There are days when it seems like the vast majority of their interactions are acrimonious, hostile, and exasperating. But every afternoon at 4:04 pm when my son gets off the school bus from kindergarten, this happens…….they greet each other with hugs, kisses, and walk home arm and arm saying things like, “You’re my favorite person.” “Thanks. You’re my favorite person, too.” As a parent that’s the best, I can hope for. That my babies will fight and forgive. That they will practice what it means to be a human with each other. That they will learn when to stand their ground and when to let something go. That they will learn to be siblings, maybe even favorites.”
“Being so close in age, my children fight a lot, so my husband and I try to show them love through our marriage — we always hug, kiss, and speak to each other respectfully,” Verlonda, 31, a student doctoral candidate of developmental psychology, tells Yahoo Lifestyle. Initially, the Jacksons began sharing their lives on social media, in part to counter the negative images of black families in the media. However, when people expressed envy toward their family bond, she wanted to be transparent about the realities of parenthood. “I didn’t want to be responsible for creating that image,” she says. “No one is perfect.”
For example, earlier this week, Verlonda shared a video of herself prepping dinner while her children bickered in the background. She wrote, “….A lot of life happens between 8:30am and 8:30pm and much of it is not doused in perfection. Moments like these aren’t always my favorite, but they’re definitely worth remembering (Like I would be able to forget them anyway) so to answer the million-dollar question: My children are not always well behaved, they’re children. I don’t have it all together. I’m weathering the storm and managing blessings. Managing the madness, the beautiful disaster that is motherhood.”
She also documented a scuffle between her children over a pre-bedtime snack of Cheez-Its. The showdown involved Ava grabbing a handful of crackers her brother had carefully rationed for himself, causing him to fall to the floor in defeat — a scene that Verlonda amplified with a dramatic soundbite. Baby Judah then swoops in to knock the entire box to the floor.
“We always give the kids ten minutes to eat a snack before bed,” Verlonda tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “On that night, they used their ten minutes to fight and cry. We always let the kids hash it out themselves as a teachable moment. The lesson they learned that night was to share.”
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