when we brought Brother home from the hospital, he was nothing more than a blop in Sister’s eyes.
sure, her life changed a bit and she had a little less attention from us, but her need to share toys, not always get her way, and play alone didn’t really change.
she and Brother have been truly forming that sibling friendship that i continually hope they will have.
they sleep in the same room, so there are nights (and mornings) of happy singing,
and days of playing with their little people house/barn or reading books to each other.
when one of them wakes up from a nap first, they instantly want to go wake up the other to play together.
Sister loves to “teach” him new things and he “saves” her from the dark.
she even tells him to “close his eyes” if a scary cartoon commercial comes on the television.
with this new friendship, like any relationship, comes increased opportunity for fighting and selfishness too.
they can argue with the best of them—
jibberish yelling (that’s from Brother),
and the like.
this month, we are working on memorizing and implementing the principles of the verses Proverbs: 16:28 “A troublemaker plants seeds of strife..” & Romans 14:19 “So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.”
awhile back, someone gave me the advice to be intentional about PRAYING for my children’s sibling relationships–now and in the future.
i do that often and pray aloud with them that God would help them to be best friends, to be kind to one another, to grow their relationship and grant them a lifelong friendship.
what do you do in your house to promote peace and deter strife between siblings?