Monday, March 16, 2009

Learning to share

As you know, we have the most amazing twins to ever have been created by God (At least that's what Chris and I think. I guess it's true that we may be slightly biased, but I'm just telling you what I see!). Now, for those of you who don't have twins, one of the things you are told by others is that once the kids are older it's easier to have twins because they just play with each other and Mom and Dad can have a little break. What people fail to mention is that you also will experience the joys of learning to share far earlier in their lives than their single baby home counterparts. Yes, at about 10 months we had battles over toys, Mommy, Daddy, blankets, everything. Amazing! We used to let them play in their room by themselves with the door closed so that they'd learn how to do it and be independent from Chris and I. It worked great until we started to see bite-marks on Alethia!!! I could never seem to catch Caleb in the act, but man did I want to. Of course we changed our plan and tried several different ways to have them play, but by 19 months the whole, 'let them play together and enjoy each other while Mommy and Daddy do other things' was not working out so well. And so we split them up. We set up a play room and bedroom, one in each and let them play. What a miracle cure! They not only seemed to love the fact that they were in a room where every toy was theirs to play with, without interruption and without having to fight for it, but they also got so much more excited to see each other when they came out. Now when they play together they seem to enjoy each other so much more. I guess they just got tired of sharing everything in their lives and needed some time to just be by themselves. Can't say that I blame them!

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