Siblings March 2016

I know that I say this every month, but Little Man and Boo draw ever closer. They are the best of friends and it seems that they both totally understand how the big sister/little brother dynamic works. My girl does all that she can to protect and look out for her brother. My boy does all that he can to push his boundaries with his sister and see at what point she’ll snap – I have to say she’s exceptionally patient with him and an even-tempered soul so he gets away with a lot!

When Boo comes home from school, they are inseparable. Sometimes they’re playing with their toys, but more often than not, they are crafting their own games and worlds, where super heroes fly, children play at nursery, cushions create dens and train rides take them on faraway adventures. I leave them to it. I can get a few chores done, get the dinner ready, all to the sounds of their constant chatter. I know that they are at their most content playing with each other.

Then there’s the times when I see their relationship maturing, moving on from that of just playmates.

My son, as I’ve shared here before, is not particularly enjoying going to nursery. Though he’s definitely getting better and adjusting, on the mornings that he is going, he still gets upset and begs not to go. It’s hard, and it can be so difficult to reason with him as he gets himself worked up, so I tend to just wait it out and he gets a little calmer as we go. But the other day he was upset and so wandered off to tell his big sister. I listened in. It went something like this:

Boo: What’s the matter, why are you crying?

Little Man: I don’t want to go to nursery

Boo: Why not?

Little Man: I don’t want to go to nursery

Boo: I know that, but why don’t you want to go? What’s the reason?

Little Man: *stumped for an answer*

Boo: Is it the teachers? Is it the toys? Because I would love to go to nursery again. I have to go to school and we just learn and read and write. You get to play all day long with toys and outside, that’s much better than my day. It sounds fun, isn’t it fun?

Little Man: *nods reluctantly*

Boo: Well then, it’s good, you’ll have fun.

And just like that, he stopped crying, stopped protesting and they started chatting about the things that they each do during their days. My daughter has this big sister lark down to a fine art, and it seems that they are already building that relationship where they can reassure, advise and help one another. I have a little brother and it’s a great feeling knowing that he’s there, that he has my back. I’m thinking my two are going to have this lifelong special relationship, too. I do hope so.

This month’s Siblings photos were taken over the weekend when we took the kids to Kenilworth Castle. It was their first visit there and we all enjoyed it so much that we joined English Heritage as we were leaving, so are looking forward to many more historic adventures this year.

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Boo aged 6 years and 5 months, Little Man, aged 3 years and 6 months. Love them.

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18 thoughts on “Siblings March 2016”

  1. I love that Boo was reassuring Little Man about nursery and pointing out all the fun things that he gets to do there. Your two sound like they have the most wonderful bond with each other and I love the photo where they are looking at each other. Glad you enjoyed your day out at Kenilworth Castle – it’s one that’s on my list to visit at some point! 🙂

  2. Kimberlye Richardson

    I absolutely loved reading this, as I’m just waking up this morning across the pond. Thank you for making me smile and remembering my days of youth and being the oldest sister, as well as thinking of my own daughters and the relationship between my youngest two. Even though they are 18 (less than 2 months away from being 19) and 14, I have loved how these two have grown to almost being inseparable. It is a rare thing these days and I am glad to read that your two are such a dynamic duo in a world where I have seen so much selfishness between siblings and their rivalries. Wishing you the best!

    1. Ah, thank you, that’s so lovely to hear. I love being a big sister, too, and am fortunate to say that my brother and I remain close. I do hope my two remain close, it’s a special thing, thank you.

  3. Oh my goodness could your girl come to my house and have a chat with z? He has his days when he doesn’t want to go to school. What a lovely lovely sister and I hope that bond stays forever!

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