This two-week winter break has given my girls the gift of friendship. Sure, there were a few instances where I longed for school to be in again and moments where I sent them to their separate rooms because the bickering or the tom-foolery became too much, but mostly I really enjoyed watching the girls deepen their friendship. Having no schedule, sleeping in and no commitments was also a nice benefit.
One of the most meaningful gifts of this extended time off without school or other playmates is that I got to witness my two girls aged 3.5 and 5.5 really bond and become friends and allies. The companionship that blossomed was beautifully amazing. All the collaborative projects, hugs and I love yous were too sweet. Seeing this made the moments of frustration completely worth it. I love that they are now at the age that they can really play together and be friends. I hope this is building a concrete foundation for a lifetime of closeness. (I’m choosing to forget the hair pulling and toy stealing).
The staying home and not having multiple playdates was also a big change for us. Typically we have at least 3 play dates a week. It never occurred to me that having the girls play only together could strengthen their bond so much. I actually didn’t realize how much they would really play together. Thank you winter break.
This doesn’t mean I’m going to change all my playdate and child swapping ways. I think these provide great social and community building benefits and I still do appreciate my down time to work or run errands. However, I definitely will be more aware of the value of alone sister time.
How did winter break go for you? Learn anything new? Please share in comments. As always thanks so much for reading!