My kids have grown closer during this crazy time
My brother and I were very close when we were growing up, and I want the same for my kids
Watching and listening to my children play is one of the biggest joys in my life.
As we enter the stage of having children, as opposed to babies and toddlers, certain aspects of life have become easier.
Aubrey and Carter can actually play with one another independently. I can be doing dishes and they can be in the playroom. Being in close quarters with no escape has brought them closer together. Their relationship is unique and both bring so much value to the other’s life.
It is comical to sit and listen to their conversations, to listen to their imaginations roar and to watch role-play with each other. I was worried about Carter’s lack of socializing and the regressions that may occur with him not going to school and other activities, but I undervalued the benefits of him spending time with his sibling.
Watching their relationship unfold is a beautiful life experience. My brother and I were very close growing up, so I always dreamed the same for my children.
I am laughing as I write this because they are currently yelling at one another and fighting over who “jumps” better. The natural, competitive nature that exists is quite impressive. They try to one up each other in everything they do. One child says they can lick an ice cream cone better, or climb stairs faster, and the other immediately goes into defensive mode.
I suspect this is also life-skill building and it will come in handy at some point but I also think it will be a long life of listening to who did what better and why. Thank goodness they’re awfully cute and make me laugh every day.
Lauren Martone is a blogger for ParentingNH from southern New Hampshire. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Lauren and her family’s story were featured in the July 2015 issue of ParentingNH and in the July 2018 issue.