Friday, April 16, 2010

A cure for sibling rivalry


We're at the end of two weeks of school holidays and on the days my two youngest have been in day care I've enjoyed spending some rare one-on-one time with my big girl. She's just turned six and I'm starting to think that this might turn out to be my new favourite age.

The two of us have been going to the cafe for smoothies, scootering around the city's Botannical Gardens, sharing fish and chips at the beach, getting our hair cut and visiting friends. She's such great company.

The other day she sat on my lap, put her arms around me and gazing at me with her shining dark eyes said, "Who is your best person in the whole world mummy?"

Oh, how I would have loved to be able to look in her eyes and say it was her. But I couldn't. What about her sister and brother? My husband? My God?

"In the WHOLE world? Can you narrow it down a little?" I stalled.

"Well you're my best person in the whole world," she said, and we hugged and of course I told her that I loved her very much. She was happy, so that was cool. Phew!

I notice that since we've been spending this time together she's been playing a LOT more nicely with her younger sister. She must feel more assured of my love and her value to the family, so there's less need for the petty jealousy stuff.

Needless to say mummy-daughter dates will definitely be a more regular thing even after school goes back next week.

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  1. ah sounds like you are really enjoying each other... lovely!

    I always get around that question by replying "You are my best Zoe(or Izzy or Morgan or name of whoever is asking) in the whole world, there is none one else like you!"

  2. Thanks Kate, think I'll use that one next time!

  3. Awwwww...that is so sweet. I love having a chance to spend one on one time with each of my children.

    Happy Flog Yo Blog Friday!

  4. Adorable. We have similar methods. You are my best Olivia, my best boy, my best Lexie etc.

  5. Awwwww...Bless! Girls are adorable!

    Happy FYBF, Marilyn.x

    PS. Have you joined Aussie Mummy Bloggers yet?

  6. Really sweet post.... Thankyou for letting us know..... Will definitely help me someday

  7. Thanks for your comments guys. Brenda, I just joined! See you over there.

  8. Oooof. We are dealing with MAJOR sibling rivalry over here - my 3.5 year old is really not dealing well with our 1 year old. It's tough... all we can do is spend more time with Max and try to make him feel more safe and secure and truly loved.It's hard to explain some things to such a little person, you know??

    Thanks for dropping by my blog, BTW ;)


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