One thing I always looked forward to when expecting our second baby was a time in the future when our children would be able to play together, share toys and have a ready made friend to keep them company.
Now, about two and a half years since we found out we were expecting another child, we have reached that point in the future. LP and Little Man share their toys. Most of LP’s toys are suitable for Little Man with a bit of supervision and they will often sit together, playing with the same thing, making something together or acting something out.
Our afternoons often feature the TV at some point but around this time LP and Little Man will sit at their table, sit on the sofa or sit on the rug playing together. It’s one of my favourite things to see and something that, having looked forward to it for so long, I appreciate so much.
LP didn’t know how to share when Little Man arrived in her life. She didn’t know how to play regularly with someone else, how to let them play with her toys or how to play nicely with their toys, how to swap toys and play fair. Since Little Man came along LP has learnt all of that and more. She is more patient, she treats toys better and she looks after things. She loves having her brother to play with, loves sharing with him and really just loves having him there. I’m sure the feeling is mutual.