I was clearing up some of the kids’ stuff and books last weekend and I found this little notebook that belongs to Ethan. In it, I found a message that Ethan wrote early this year.
Just in case the message is hard to decipher, it says, “Dearest Mommy, Sorry Hannah accident(ally) drop(ped) 28 Super Dominoes. Please do not bring me and Hannah to hospital.”
Actually, all I said was, “Uh-oh…Hannah, did you drop those dominoes? Please be careful, okay? If you drop those dominoes, you might slip on them and hurt yourself. Then I’d have to bring you to the hospital.”
Hannah didn’t know how to apologize then, but Ethan took the initiative as a big brother to apologize on her behalf. Doesn’t he have a BIG heart? 🙂
Lately, my two kids have sometimes been involved in sibling squabbles. Most of the time, they will be playing happily together, but sometimes, the inevitable happens. He would be playing with something and he wouldn’t allow her to *destroy* what he created. She snatches from him. Or sometimes Ethan asks Hannah to play with him, but she doesn’t want to.
Little things like that, ya know. Small to us, but a big deal to kids.
Well, anyway, we try to get Hannah to apologize to Ethan, and she would say, “I’m sorry Ethan” or “I love you Ethan.” And we’d ask her to add, “Please forgive me, Ethan.”
And then they’d hug. (awwwwwww)
The other day, Ethan was engrossed in reading something and his sister wanted to show him something she had drawn. He impulsively crumpled her paper, and she came running to report to me, “Mommy, Ethan crumpled my paper!” , while pouting.
And then later, Ethan asked me for a pencil and said he wanted to write a message to Hannah. This is what he wrote:
Makes me feel all emotional inside when I see such caring behavior from someone so young. 🙂