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Char Adams
November 17, 2017 03:21 PM

There’s no sibling rivalry here!

Ava Jackson, 3, and her big brother Tariq, 5, don’t always get along, but the little ones are proof that absence makes the heart grow fonder.

In a moving Instagram video uploaded by the children’s mother, Verlonda Jackson, little Ava and Tariq are shown running to each other and sharing a sweet embrace after Tariq returned home from school.

“Every afternoon at 4:04 p.m. when my son gets off the school bus from kindergarten, this happens,” Jackson wrote alongside the clip. “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.’ ”

I consider myself to be a fairly tolerant parent. I don’t mind spoiling. If my kids don’t want veggies on their plate at dinner I don’t force them to eat it. And I don’t limit their television viewing all that much as long as they read just as many books. There are a handful of things, however, that can tip me over the edge into that dangerous place of rage, sadness, and self-doubt. Not listening is a big one. Whining is another. But nothing frustrates me more than when my kids fight with each other. 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. 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 4:04pm 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, “Your my favorite person.” “Thanks. Your 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. ❤️ #Love

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In the footage, little Ava, dressed in an all-purple outfit, is shown standing patiently on the sidewalk as the school bus pulls up. She begins jumping up and down as the children file off the school bus. And she takes off running when Tariq appears.

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Tariq jumps off the bus and heads to his little sister, swooping her up and carrying her to the sidewalk. He then places a kiss on Ava’s forehead and the two walk down the sidewalk with their arms wrapped around each other.

Jackson told ABC News that the emotional after-school reunions began earlier this year when Tariq started kindergarten.

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“I pulled out my phone to show my husband, ‘Look, we’re doing something right,’ ” she told the outlet. “It was such a pure moment.”

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