While it may not seem like it some days, parents with more than one child are truly blessed. Sure, it’s a difficult task. But, whether you have twins, or children with a slight age gap, they are sure to be the light of your life. Even better, you can rest easy that they have each other to lean on. Watching siblings with strong relationships can be truly heartwarming. Not to mention that it puts your mind at ease that they will always be there for each other.
But, in the modern age, sibling relationships aren’t guaranteed. Once upon a time, brothers or sisters did everything together, whether they wanted to or not. And, if you asked many of them now, they wouldn’t have had it any other way. By comparison, today’s families are much more fractured. Children often live incredibly different lives, and thus may struggle to stay close.
If you fear this could be happening to your kids, it’s important you take steps to stop the divide. Once they reach a certain age, it’ll be near enough impossible to bridge the gap. Not to mention that life will get much more challenging for you if your kids stray far apart. You’ll need to deal with them both separately, which won’t be easy!
The good news is, bringing siblings closer together is often as simple as taking a step into the past. Think about the things siblings did together before, and which would work in the modern day. To help, we’ve put together some suggestions.
Sharing a room
The most obvious way modern siblings differ is that they have their own rooms. Nowadays, there’s a real focus on allowing them private space. But, when you look back as little as thirty years ago, this simply wasn’t the case. If you had a sibling, you shared with them. Kids just weren’t in need of their own rooms.
And, while it may strike horror into the hearts of some parents, it could be worth adopting this method once more. There are many benefits to siblings sharing a room. It can go a long way towards reducing night terrors, for one. Plus, it increases the amount of time they spend together. It even teaches life skills, such as the importance of sharing. Further research will reveal even more benefits. So, why not give it a go and see how they get on?
Once upon a time, hot water was a hard thing to come by. As such, siblings had no choice but to share a bath. Now though, we have hot water tanks which often provide unlimited hot water. Thus, many of us opt to bathe kids apart. And, of course, it’s essential once they reach a certain age.
But, while they’re young, you may find that bath time becomes more pleasant if you wash them together. Let’s be honest; most children don’t enjoy getting into the tub. As such, the experience can be stressful, especially when you go through it with each child. If they bathe together, they can entertain each other. They’ll develop bath time games, and may even look forward to the experience. Of course, it could be hard squeezing more than two kids into the one tub. If this is the case, you might want to shop for a new freestanding bathtub. Raised taps on options like these increase the space drastically. Not to mention that many options are bigger than the average tub anyway. So, scrub a dub dub, get all your kids in the tub!
Appointments are another major stress-factor when you have multiple children. You try to book Archie’s dentist appointment while Clara’s at her piano lesson. Squeezing everything in is a real challenge. Not to mention that your kids can become anxious when facing an appointment alone.
So, why not make life easier for everyone, and book them appointments together? As with baths, there will come a time when this is no longer appropriate. But, when that happens, they’ll probably be happy to go alone. Until that stage, taking them together is easiest all around. On a basic level, it saves you having to fit everything in. But, it also allows your kids to support each other through their stress. Plus, most professionals would be more than happy to see them together. Thus, appointments will become a family affair, and much less of a stress in your life. If you wanted, you could always book yourself an appointment at the same time!