The end of the school year for us – means pack the bags and go visit our grandkids. Our grandchildren live plane rides away and while we are thankful for Skype nothing is better than real hugs and kisses! We get to have real conversations, read books together and play at the playground.
We’re home now, tired, happy and already missing everyone. As always not only did we learn from our kids but we were reminded of how important it is for siblings to get along. Last summer we wrote about the importance of building a positive relationship between siblings. We all know that sometimes there can be an intense sense of competition and that the older siblings are expected to acquiesce to the needs of younger brothers and sisters. Can you imagine that occasionally this just may help to escalate a stressful situation? Reality is that sharing attention is not usually on a kid’s short list of favorite things to do
Even though all of our kids are perfectly behaved and always get along one day there was an episode when both kids were not in the mood to share anything. We appealed to the oldest based on his age and wisdom of being a second grader, to read a book to his younger brother. And then right before our eyes we witnessed “magic.” Arguing was over and the two kids settled down, one was the teacher and the other an avid listener.
Later that week we had the wonderful opportunity to revisit the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Sonoma,California. If you ever happen to be in the area it’s a must see for kids of all ages. “Sparky”, as Charles Schultz preferred to be called, was a true philosopher and delivered his thoughts and ideas through his daily comic strip, PEANUTS. While walking through the museum we saw the plaque (shown at left) and it immediately reminded us of the experience with our grandkids earlier in the week.
Younger siblings love it when their older brother or sister pays attention to them. Older siblings, who sometimes get annoyed with the younger ones, can feel special when asked to help teach something to their younger brother or sister. In our prior blogs we have consistently encouraged parent involvement with their kids. Here is an opportunity for sibling involvement. It’s a way to build stronger bonds between siblings, make each one feel special and to learn from each other, and maybe, just maybe, turn some of that completion into cooperation and fun.
We believe that parents are the ultimate teachers. Here’s a chance to start training the next generation of ultimate teachers.