Siblings February 2016

We’re into February now, though I have to say that time seems to be taking an age at the moment. I think it’s because I’m so keen to see the spring and summer!

My two little siblings are as close as ever, with Boo now aged 6 years and 4 months, Little Man aged 3 years and 5 months. My baby boy appears to be growing by the day and though he has always been tall for his age, I think he’s going through another growth spurt and I do wonder if he’ll soon catch his big sister up, and she’s quite tall herself! It does mean that as Little Man is quite articulate and looking so tall, the gap between them appears to be shrinking and they are playing as equals more and more.

But there is one level of inequality that I’m not keen on, which is Little Man’s attempts to wheedle out of tidying up after himself or taking any responsibility for his actions. Why bother when Boo’s there to take the fall and clear up behind him, right? Well, whilst that’s obviously not fair on Boo (though I won’t lie and say that I don’t appreciate her naturally tidy nature at these points!) it’s also not engendering the right behaviours in Little Man . The challenge is not simply getting my son to tidy up, it’s more about getting my daughter not to do things to ‘help’ her brother. Not easy at all!

We’ve been having more family adventures this year, and I’ve been trying really hard to ensure I am not working or studying whilst the kids are around. It’s not been easy at all, but well worth the quality family time that it then brings.

With a teacher training day on Friday, the Husband also booked the day off so we could all go out for the day. We referred to our Family Days Out Bucket List and took off to Warwick Castle, where this month’s Siblings photos were taken, with my son very reluctant to look at the camera…

Siblings February 2016

Siblings February 2016 1

Siblings February 2016 2

Siblings February 2016 3

Siblings February 2016 4

You’ll have spotted the peacocks in some of the shots? Yes, there were plenty of them around in the Peacock Garden there, beautiful to behold and a fascination to the children. It did mean that Little Man was running around shouting ‘Cock’ at the top of his lungs. Sigh.

My siblings in February. Love them.

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16 thoughts on “Siblings February 2016”

  1. Every few weeks I read one of your posts and it does always look like he’s shot up. I love their bond, they always look so close. And I’d totally never correct then”cock” thing 🙂

    1. They are so very close. They’re currently playing some strange imaginary game involving parties with superheroes and nursery – I just let them get on with it! No way could I correct that 😉

  2. Gorgeous photos of them both, you son really does look older than 3yrs5months. My daughter is 3yrs11mths now and she looks older than that too. Kids are just much taller nowadays. Hope you had a lovely day at Warwick Castle x

  3. Ah I can imagine that it is a challenge to try and encourage Little Man to tidy up and not take advantage of his big sister being naturally more tidy. Love your photos this month – especially the ones of them both sitting on the bench and in the stocks together. They always look like they are having a wonderful time together and really enjoying being with each other.

    1. It’s a definite challenge! He leans more towards destruction than tidiness, whereas Boo can’t leave anywhere a mess! Thank you, they do have an absolute ball together 🙂 x

  4. Gorgeous photos, and Little Man really has shot up! It can be hard when one tends to ‘help’; my eldest quite often thinks he’s being helpful by doing things for his brother/sister and we have to explain that we actually wanted them to do it themselves. A tricky one!

  5. Aww looks so lovely and so cute Little Man didn’t want his picture taken. That last shot really made me chuckle too. Love reading about their relationship and their little quirks, they really grow up so much from age 3 don’t they? Monkey is so so tall now it’s crazy and he definitely seems older than he is! Xx

  6. There’s a lot of uneven tidying up goes on in our house too – Ben is quite happy to help when it’s time to clear up, Chloe will suddenly develop a tummy ache or be really tired, Amy just carries on making a mess!

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