Someone asked me the other day how I make sure that my two children get on so well and play so nicely together. I answered honestly…that I have no idea!
Maybe it’s because it has just been the two of them for 4 years. Maybe it’s because when we moved they took security from having each other. Maybe it’s because they have complementing personalities which just seem to gel…I don’t know the reason but I do know that comments like this make my heart swell.
Of course they aren’t always best friends and they do play up; this month it seems they have been scrapping a little more than usual. But just as quickly as things get out of hand they are back to normal, curled up on the sofa all over each other, back to being the tight little team we know and love so much.
Their little spats make me smile because they remind me so much of how I used to squabble with my brother and sister. ‘Your leg is on my side of the chair!’ ‘Stop looking at me!’ ‘You told!’ And on and on. And then we would be best friends again just like Meg and Eli within a few minutes.
The big game at the moment seems to be camping and den building. Every afternoon when they get home from school they ask me to light the tealight in their lantern and they go off out into the garden on a camping expedition. Whenever they visit their Nana’s they always want to create a den out of the clothes airer and bed sheets and huddle themselves away.
I’m not sure what it is about the game they love so much but seeing as it often keeps them occupied for hours at a time, with them only resurfacing when they want me to refuel them, I’m quite happy to oblige! I just hope they haven’t run out of steam for it before the summer holidays roll around.