My oldest daughter had a brilliant idea and I’m all for sharing a good thing, so I thought I’d pass it along.
Sibling friendships are of utmost importance around here. There seems to be a trendy “head-nod” toward typical strife between brothers and sisters, a sort of naturally expected and accepted fact of life.
But lots of things are natural that aren’t good. So we make a concerted effort to learn to deal with one another kindly, even in times of disagreement.
And you know that family relationships are the very hardest, because it’s where we feel the freest to let guards down, to be ourselves and to let our unconditional love allow us to act toward each other in ways we would never act toward our friends.
So we must work extra hard; it’s that simple.
So without further ado, here’s the idea we’ve implemented. A mail box outside each child’s room where they can leave notes for each other. It just does something. It encourages us to be friends, to not take each other for granted quite as much, and to spend time thinking kindly about one another.
Because they love receiving notes so much, it encourages them to write them. It likely will fizzle out in a little while, but for now, it has been a sweet, simple thing to watch.