I have previously written about inspiring my children, however lately I have noticed how my twin girls are inspired by their big brother. There was a classic example of this the other night…
BB wanted to read his school book to his sisters. I always think how wonderful it is that he wants to do this. They all get ready for bed in their onesies and the girls sit on their beds while BB stands in the middle of the room to read, we can never get him to sit down for this. I think it makes him feel more important to stand.
He reads his book and loves to show them the pictures, just like his teacher does I think. I smile to myself every time I see this, it’s wonderful, though it can be a challenge to get the girls to sit still listening all the way through sometimes.
My girls can’t read stories yet, but Pinky was definitely inspired by what BB was doing, so after he finished, she wanted to ‘read her book’. Instead of reading, she pretended to read her piece of paper. She told us all a fantastic story. It was all made up by herself on the spot.
The story was about a green alien with 3 eyes, 4 arms and 1 leg! The alien went to the moon and hid in the holes (she means craters), he ate all sorts of things and got very fat. I was absolutely amazed by how descriptive she was and her use of imagination. I would never have thought a 4-year-old would have been able to make up and tell a story like that, I was so impressed.
I must admit, by the end of it she did get a bit carried away with a lot of wee and poo incidents (why do children feature these things so much?). BB and Boo thought the story was wonderful and really funny too. BB was so impressed he went and made her a well done certificate and gave her a prize (his compass key ring).
This was such a wonderful bedtime together being inspired, learning and supporting each other. Siblings can get into lots of fights, but then this happens and you realise just how close and inspiring they can also be! Heart melting!