A big difference I've noticed since becoming a "big family" is the way my children relate to each other. For one thing, I don't have anywhere near the arguing and fighting that little families have. When Chloe wants to play a game and Elena won't play with her, she just turns to Lydia (or Maya or Isaac. . .) They are always able to find someone who will play what they want to play and how they want to play it.
But another difference is the web of friendships among the siblings:
- Maya and Isaac love to talk and tell their secrets to each other
- Elena and Chloe play Polly Pockets and My Little Pet Shops together
- Isaac and Daniel play basketball and football and build things together
- Chloe and Lydia love playing Chess together
- Maya and Elena love doing art projects together
- Daniel and Lydia love wrestling and playing together
- Maya and Julia love babbling together and making each other laugh
The one thing of which I can boast, as a mom of a lot of kids, is: No one ever complains of boredom. I mean never.
Here's a common scene of my "twins":
Having no brothers of my own, I see the value in Lydia's ability to rough house and not get her feelings hurt. It took me years of marriage to learn that trait. How far advanced my sweet girlie will be. :)