Sometimes seeing how our 7 year-old takes to her brother kind of makes us regret. Don’t get me wrong…We regretted not getting her a sibling much sooner, though it was something beyond our control.
She loves playing with her younger brother, running around and even carrying him. She loves reading to him and talking to him. She helps us babysit him (to the best of her ability) and looks forward to the day they can swim together but due to the large age gap (she’s 7 while he is just 1 this year), a lot of what she does have to be calibrated to his age – her activities with her brother can’t be ‘too rough or adventurous’; he doesn’t laugh at the jokes she cracks and sometimes he finds it hard to catch up with his older sister. Nonetheless, she dotes on him and these days, with Buddy in infant care, she can’t wait for him to return every evening so that she can be with him again. We were initially worried about possible sibling jealousy but she has assumed the role of a big sister with open arms from Day 1.
In fact, it was primarily because we wish to instill this sense of ‘family’ that we decided to adopt a younger sibling for Dana – someone whom she call her own. This may be morbid to some but sometimes my wife and I do talk about the eventuality when we are ‘no longer around’, at least she would have Buddy, a sibling of her own for support and company…in happy times or sad.
But we are glad we eventually did. Today, these two are quite inseparable: When Dana was away on camp the past weekend, he would call out ‘Na Na’ (for Dana) in the car and when asked where ‘Na Na’ is. At home, he would toddle to her bedroom and peer inside. Dana naturally misses her brother too. Though the age gap is obvious at this stage, she still loves him to bits, often cuddling him and helping to wheel him around in the stroller. For Dana, it is also good that her home consists of someone she can relate to other than her parents who, to her, can be quite authoritarian at times.
Since Buddy came along, we have been trying to dress them up in matchy-matchy clothes whenever possible but it has proven to be a little challenging: the designs that are suitable for Dana may not be available in Buddy’s size and vice-versa. Thankfully, the wife found these Tangram Tees that not only are ‘matchy-matchy’ but allow parent and child to customize them according to our fancy! Naturally, Dana enjoyed sticking the letters and Tangrams onto the shirts and it’s this ability to create any text, images and patterns of her choice that made wearing the Tangram Tee all the more special. She felt like a young stylist, in charge of designing her and her brother’s OOTD (Outfits Of The Day)!
Tangram Tees are made from good quality, fine cotton – breathable, soft and very comfortable for kids. Each Tee comes with seven reusable shapes allow us to form different patterns on the shirt as often as we like. Guess what? There are over 6,500 Tangram patterns to play with just these 7 basic shapes! The best part about Tangram Tees is the FREE online learning resources which parents can access with each purchase. In it, there are activity sheets, teaching guides and fun-filled Tangram challenges we can do with our kids. If you ask me, I think this makes a very thoughtful and reasonably priced Christmas or Birthday gift, better than any toys.
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