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I wrote a post on being a big brother last week, and I mentioned that we have come to realise how important it is for our middle child to have time being the ‘older’ brother as well as the younger.
On Fridays the 4yo isn’t in preschool, so he and the wee girl get to spend the morning together. They play games, play in the wee girls kitchen, build Lego, watch programmes that the 7yo now hates! It’s their time to do ‘little kid’ things and I have noticed recently how much the 4yo enjoys it.
For all that he adores his big brother, and wants to play the games the 7yo enjoys, he isn’t really able to keep up yet. Playing on the wii or with Lego; or with beyblades or the rainbow loom, he’s just not quite there yet and the games often end in tears of frustration as the 7yo beats him again (with the 7yo, everything is a competition, even Lego!).
So, on a Friday, he gets to choose what games to play, what TV to watch and he gets to ‘win’. Although, that isn’t how he plays when he’s with the wee girl – it’s more about fun and laughter and seeing how much he can make her giggle by pulling faces or falling over.
And, once they’ve tired each other out they like to sit on the sofa, snuggled up and watching Curious George; just happy to be together.