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Dictionary.com defines “instigate” as “to urge, provoke, or incite to some action or cause”.

My favorite union tee-shirt had a colorful school of fish swimming across the front, with the motto instigate, educate, organize beneath it. I wore that shirt when I was in the mood to shake someone up, to make waves, to cause a commotion.

On National Sibling Day, it seems natural to think about siblings instigating less than wonderful behaviors in each other, seeing how far they can push their parents before ending up in time out or standing in the corner. Lily and Olivia take turns being the instigator of mischief; sometimes one leads and the other follows suit, but often they switch.

Who was your favorite instigator growing up? Did one sibling always lead and the other one follow, or did you take turns?

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