I love having what most people see as a ‘large’ family. My house is always full of noise, joy and everything about our life is loud and full of colour. I grew up with siblings too, and I loved it. A slightly disorganised but lively lifestyle suits me perfectly. I couldn’t imagine a quiet, subdued life, even if that meant more disposable income, more sleep or less worries.
Although I write about my children regularly, I don’t usually focus on them as siblings. Here is what mostly defines the way my four (aged 3, 5, 7 and 9) interact with each other at the moment:
- Always joking
- Team work
- Strong bond
- Cuddles galore
- Bickering for the smallest of things
- Best of friends for hours then worst enemies in the blink of an eye
- One minute, they share beautifully and the next, one of them is screaming about ownership
- Like most siblings, they have a love-hate relationship. It’s mostly love, thank goodness, but when they’re angry with each other, they are ANGRY!
- Arguments generally revolve around sunglasses, Shopkins, onesies and teddies
- After school, they hug like they haven’t seen each other in months and the next second, they’re at each other’s throat
That’s what life is like when you’re one of four children: unpredictable, full of laughter, arguments and compromises.