On Saturday we took the kids to see Maleficent. The kids brought their own money for popcorn & snacks and stood in front of the counter debating this important decision for quite some time. Conner and Payton decided to pool their money together and were in serious talks about the most cost-effective options.
I loved how Conner wrapped his arm around Payton, and then pulled him close as he pointed to items on the menu. Most of all I loved observing this simple, tender gesture which demonstrated the brotherly kindness, friendship, and trust that they have for each other.
Seeing things like this, hearing my kids get along, and watching them choose to spend time with each other -- that is what makes me happiest.
We teach our children to be kind to others, to be a friend to everyone, and we really enjoy doing activities with friends . . . . but at the same time as a mom I have never put a lot of emphasis on playdates, friend parties, carpool, etc.
I want them to be friends first and foremost with each other.
And when I see things like this outside the window . . . a sunscreen train . . . and hear the laughing and giggling that goes along with it, I feel pretty confident that we are establishing just that.