Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Brothers Are...

a bit hard to figure out...

What with all their energy
and noises
and bear hugs
and kisses,
kicking, yelling, throwing, hitting,
laughing and crying, screaming and whining...

Lily never knows WHAT'S going to come out of that boy.

But despite the almost constant squabbles between these two,
It's nice to have these moments. (he's helping her get her shoe back on)
To realize that Ollie really DOES love his adoring sister.

It may just take a while for him to show it more appropriately.



(*on a side note--I'm reading a book that is explaining little boys. I'm learning that aggression is TOTALLY normal for boys 2-5 years old--that it's a natural response to overstimulation, excitement, anger, and AFFECTION!?!?! So. Trying to figure out how to understand that Ollie's hitting is sometimes showing LOVE, while helping him understand that it's not ever okay to hit. If any of you moms out there have the answer--or even a hint!--I'd love to hear more!)

4 comments:

Marc, Sarah, and Luke said...

I wish I had the answer, but I don't...In fact, I'm reasonably certain I'll be looking to you for guidance since you do have the older boy :) But, I can truly say that Ollie does indeed love his sister. A couple of times over here, when she's been crying after you left, Ollie will tell her, "It's all right, Sis..." Then, he'll run and get her a blanket to comfort her! It's been really very sweet!

The Sieberts said...

those are DARLING pictures!!!!

Anonymous said...

Maybe you could post the name of the book..I am going through the same thing with my 2 year old :)
Sweet pictures...

Kim

Kendall Smith said...

Sure! The name of the book is "Wild Things" by James and Thomas. Really good book!