This week I have watched my children work together, cooperate, look out for each other. They have still fought, shouted, whinged and moaned; but there have been moments of thought and care and understanding.
Last week was Spring Break and we had a fun holiday. Lots of outings and activities. These photos are from our trips to a museum and the zoo. Both of these outings surprised me; in the way the kids interacted and reacted. Perhaps I don’t give them enough credit, perhaps I have become too used to the tired and grumpy after school bickering. But, I have to admit that on both of these trips they surprised me.
The boys looked out for their little sister, showing her things and playing with her. The boys worked together on various activities at the museum; unprompted. Each of these photos was an unguarded moment, caught when they didn’t now I was watching them.
It gave me pause, because it was unexpected. And, it shouldn’t have been. They are good kids, and they do get on; they are very close. But, we have been so busy, everyone has been tired, or sick, and I think it has got the better of us. We have been snappy, irritated and shouty – I am
probably the worst culprit.
What more of a reminder did we all need to take a break and just enjoy? To make time for unstructured, unprompted fun. For me to stop organising them, worrying they would fight or whine, and let them just enjoy themselves and each other.