Monday, April 25, 2016

Kids

It was a typical Monday here-babysitting day-with one exception. Instead of the usual three kids (a 2-year-old and 3-year-old twins), there were 4, because it's a school holiday week and our 6-year-old granddaughter also needed a place to go. Interestingly enough, having one more here actually made for an easier day.

The dynamics of a family, or multiple children/people together, have always fascinated me. Each new child added to a group means multiple new relationships, as each seperate child forms a new relationship with the new addition, whether we're talking about a new sibling or a new member of a class or other group. So the dynamics can become complicated rather quickly. In this case however, it truly did simplify matters. Because the new addition, being quite a bit older than the others, became a leader, an authority figure if you will, that the younger ones were more than happy to follow. She organized them into various types of play, becoming "teacher and students", or "mother and babies" or even "kittens and owner".  The young ones were more than happy to play their roles. Not once did the younger ones ask me to do the usual Monday things, like doing puzzles with them, giving them crayons and coloring books, or playing a game with them. They were incredibly content to play among themselves, happy to have someone who would come up with things for them to do and more than glad to simply follow the leader.

I enjoyed the break from the usually demanding Monday activities. And I was fascinated by the change in the dynamic relationships all around. We humans are truly interesting creatures, aren't we?

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