One of the things which I wanted to do in 2018 was keep a record of the boys developing relationship. Which means this year I will be joining in with the Siblings Project with Dear Beautiful. I maybe fating next month now but this month I feel like there has been less arguing. Even with the Easter holidays there has been less squabbling. Although they still have an issue over a little blue chair. Which I am resolving by buying Kipper a similar one in green for his birthday. But toy wise they seem to be willing to share more. Or rather Monkey is willing to share more.
For example he has been given a new toy to review – Kinetic Rock. It comes with a digger. Kipper is obsessed with most vehicles. He quickly declared that the digger was his. Unlike the usual fight that then occurs. Monkey just gave in. Although he told me later that its really his since it goes with his set. But he didn’t mind Kipper playing with it and thinking that it was his. Kipper has also started to understand what is his and what is someone else. He will often point at something and say the name of who it belongs to. I think this identification is starting to help Kipper understand, even if he doesn’t like the outcome!
I think that by taking Monkey to Barcelona it has made him reevaluate his relationship with his little brother. He missed Kipper while we were away. So has come back more accepting. I just hope it continues. He is a lot more attentive. This months photos were taken when we visited Great Yarmouth. We found some steps (Kipper’s favourite thing ever!) and a lovely green wall which was a great backdrop! Monkey was helping Kipper up and down the steps and comforting him when he slipped. Kipper then promptly trod on Monkey’s fingers by accident. Without sulking or questioning he then said sorry and gave Monkey a hug. Normally when I ask him to say sorry I get a tantrum. So I was pretty impressed I didn’t have to ask him more than once!
I also think that because Kipper has learnt three magic words this month – ‘I wub you’. It helps as Monkey feels like he is getting something back. Every night he will tell Monkey that he loves him. Plus if Monkey is needing some reassurance those words work wonders. Next month feels like its going to be busy both on the work and home front with Kipper turning two and a couple of breaks planned. I am hoping to be able to create some more play opportunities for them to enjoy together….wish me luck!
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