No mother has ever raised her children without the spectre of sibling rivalry also raising its head. My own children bypassed some of that because of their age difference. Brody was four years older than Emily, so their ideas of attention were very different. I must say however, that each of them in their own way were a little jealous of their “mannequin American” brothers and sisters.
Emily always said that the only time she was ever popular was the day I came to her school for an assembly. On that day EVERYONE wanted to be her friend so they could ask the questions every child wants to know the answer to: “How do those puppets talk?” The answer of course is a trade secret!
And the answer to sibling rivalry, according to the experts is to treat each child differently according to their age, personality and taste. Easy to say and hard to do.
It’s hard for me to believe, but now my grandchildren are starting to interact with their puppet aunts and uncles — where did the time go? My ten year old granddaughter Veronica recently asked me how did it happen that she and Waco were in kindergarten at the same time and now he’s still in kindergarten while she has moved on to the fifth grade.
Enjoy this picture of my grandson James meeting “Uncle” Larry for the first time. And come back to my blog soon!