Growing up I was always ‘entertained’ by someone. I have 2 brothers and a sister and we have always been really close — not only in age but our relationship as well. We had our tiny sibling fights obviously, but still to this day we all hang out all the time and talk nearly every day. It feels like having built-in best friends — people who know you better then anyone else and better than anyone else ever will.
When we were younger and would all go out to watch each other’s baseball games or cheer on someone’s art competition in the local fair, people used to mention to my parents how nice it must be that we get along. That is when I started to wonder if this was ‘normal’ — people seemed so surprised that we got along.
One of my biggest wishes for my children is for them to always get along. To not just love each other, but to like each other, too. To want to talk and hang out when they are older when life gets busy and its easy to let relationships slide.
When I look back at how I was raised, I can see just how great a job my parents did at ensuring we were all invested in each other’s lives. I often wondered if it was because my brothers and sister and I are all close in age and that we grew up in near the same stage of life. Now that I watch my children interact and play and fight I am realizing more it has to do with family values, priorities and how we raise our kids (outside of other life circumstances that may occur when they are older).
I want that for my children. The built-in support system of people who genuinely care for each other. Who know each other like no one else.
I am so thankful I have that.
:: Do your kids get along? What do you think helps ensure they will not only love each other but like each other? ::
Get the latest updates from Kid Scoop - Like Us on Facebook!
photo credit: © Devan McGuinness