There Is No Greater Love Than The Love Of A Sibling

I’m not sure if it’s a normal thing among siblings at a young age, but the love my children show for each other can be emotionally overwhelming for me, at times. In thinking back to my childhood with my brother, there weren’t too many moments I can remember that didn’t involve something sharp and dangerous being hurled at one of us, while the other ran for their life.

With my children being only 2 & 4 years old respectively, I can’t possibly expect them to fully understand the value of loving and respecting others. Especially given the fact that they live in a house that doubles as a home daycare and have to watch all their worldly possessions get played with by other children, 5 days out of each week.

Yet, they have transitioned seamlessly and I dare say that this is one of the main reasons they have grown so close in such a short time span. My son, the older of the two, is constantly checking in on his little sister to make sure her needs are being met. When she cries, he almost always runs over to rub her back and ask if she’s okay, which usually causes me to pause in amazement at his brotherly awareness.

Sure, they have some battles too but the majority of their interactions are positive ones. To watch my daughter come down stairs in the morning and immediately head to the couch my son is sitting on, so they can cuddle, absolutely melts this Dad’s heart. I see it in a lot of their daily interactions and I smile each and every time something happens.

I don’t know the exact science behind it and I am absolutely not complaining. My wife, who is with them almost 24 hours a day, is clearly doing an excellent job of teaching them the importance of loving and treating each other with respect. I am eternally grateful for her decision to quit her job in order to stay home and raise our children. I don’t know if you have ever worked in a daycare setting, but it is not for everybody (me) and might be one of the toughest jobs out there.

This probably comes off as a sappy Dad post and may even seem like I am bragging about it. I can assure you that it is simply done out of pride. Maybe this is just how all young siblings behave and I am in for a very rude awakening, very soon. Even if they forget it somewhere down the line, I will always have these memories to look back on and to share with them. In the meantime, I will continue beaming with pride every time they find their way into each other’s arms.


5 replies
  1. Georgia Read
    Georgia Read says:

    That’s too funny! I think these two will love and watch out for each other forever…not saying they wont have their moments god love you they will..but will always work it out.

    As you know we all raised girls..Man attitude was let them work it out for themselves. Hated of course being a Mom..we wanted to fix everything..but couldn’t. I worried when I had to hide the holes in the doors from your father.there was one he didn’t see for at least 6 .or take calls from the neighbor about the baseball bat being swung down the street at one of you…lol know its kind of funny as you are both still here and becoming friends..makes my heart swell.

    Honestly you just have to go with the flow and deal with one issue at a time..but you have to know he will always be her protector..I do as well have an older brother that is mine..even at my age….lol

    Love..Mommy Read

    Mommy Read

  2. K
    K says:

    That’s awesome. I love reading about siblings acting like yours. My two are less than a year and a half apart and are always together. I love seeing them being nice to each other. I’m still trying to teach my son to ask if his sister is okay instead of running away though…

    • Chris
      Chris says:

      Mine definitely have their share of up’s and down’s as well. We can only keep praising the good behaviour and hope they react to it.

  3. Gerry
    Gerry says:

    It’s okay to be sappy! Wonderful that they are so close in age and can enjoy each other’s company. Me, being the youngest with 2 older brothers (4 and 11 years older) was the subject of much teasing from one brother while the older took on more of a responsibility role.

    Aren’t families grand?


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