Crappy Boy and Crappy Baby are playing with something.
It goes under the couch.
Crappy Boy yells for me to help. I’m busy so I can’t rescue their toy at this exact moment. He stands there and continues to yell for me.
Enter Crappy Baby.
Rather than stand there and helplessly yell, he gets the broom and fishes the toy out himself.
Then my mind starts rolling.
Is this a birth order thing? Birth order is fascinating. A first kid, second kid thing? But I thought the older child is the one who is classically more independent while the younger kid remains the baby of the family? Is Crappy Baby more of a problem solver? Is Crappy Boy just being lazy and smart? Will Crappy Boy ever fish out toys from under the couch? Is Crappy Baby so independent because he was the second child and didn’t get his needs met as consistently?
Oh dear, more crap for me to
think worry about.
Then later, the same afternoon…
Crappy Baby wants water and I’m on the phone.
Enter Crappy Boy.
Crappy Boy gets water and gives it to Crappy Baby.
Birth order, first kid, second kid, problem solving, needs met, blah, blah, blah?
Who cares! They were helping each other. I was missing the whole point.
I compared their behavior in this post once upon a time.
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