On some lovely days, they can color next to one another peacefully, play outside in the sandbox or with the hose in pure childhood abandon and have a tickle fight filled with giggles and laughter. Yet other days seem to be filled with endless battles that may include screeching, whining, a hit or two, maybe even a bite (Miss Em has quite sharp teeth and poor McGee is usually the recipient).
An example of a lovely day...
It would be easy to blame all of the scuffles on Miss Em's immature 2-yr. old understanding of "sharing" - which is her taking whatever she wants and saying "Mine!". But this would be too simple.
Despite being 2 years older in age and somewhat in maturity as well, McGee can still sometimes be a bit possessive himself, desiring whatever it is his sister wants or has. Their sharing troubles are a two-way street we are trying to navigate as best we can. I'm realizing more and more what different personalities my babies have and the challenge we have as parents taking their unique characters into consideration while parenting.
Then this week while at the farmer's market, my sweet little sunshines showed us they really do understand about sharing. Our youngest started it by giving her last little bite of cookie to her brother. Not only did she give it to him, she said, "Here Myles" and popped it in his mouth. Can you say, "Awwww?" Daddy and I did.
A few minutes later McGee and I came back to Daddy and Em after procuring our blueberries and he only had one left from his two sample berries he was given. I thought for sure he had gobbled it up, but instead he went over to Em and said, "Do you want a blueberry Em? I saved it for you." Again, "Awwww."
It's just so nice when they "get it". When they care about one another and share what they have because they know it will make the other person happy.
Then it's moment's like this photo, where I can see the love between the two of them and I know that our world is just as it should be:
Wishing you a very blessed Sunday!