Making friends is something children tend to do in all settings, with all sorts of different children. But if you have cousins, they are pretty much ready made friends ready to play!
I was really lucky growing up as I have 5 cousins and we are all a similar age. As children we would play, holiday together, and have sleepovers at Nans house. And now as we are all older we still try and get together as much as we can.
Mop Top and Bear were born into an already large family with 5 cousins. 2 from my side and 3 from Mr DCs side. They range from 3 up to 9 years old. I love watching them play, and (most if the time) they really do get on so well.
I hear them laugh, have full blown conversations, put the world to rights and generally have a good time.
Because of location, they see my brothers two pretty much everyday. Even on the days we aren’t due to see them Mop Top will often say ‘Harry Sophie breakfast’ or ‘see Harry’
Mop Top and Bear are the youngest of their little cousin group, and I notice how different their relationship is with each one of them. Alfie is 9 and I can see a much more nurturing role he takes with them, whereas Sophie who is 3, has a more play based relationship. I have to say this often results in sibling like arguments in our house between those two.
I think cousins are your first best friends, the people you connect with, learn from and with first. You can really learn some of those important early life skills from your cousins.
I hope Mop Top and Bear continue to have a strong bond with all their cousins and continue to share special memories as they grow older, just like I have with my own cousins.