I have three kids.
One is ten and she is loud. She is inquisitive, voluble, passionate, intelligent, creative and… the oldest.
One is two and every time he eats porridge he says “mmmmm delicious”, proving that he still doesn’t know what the word delicious actually means, as porridge has the flavour of mucus.
They are the oldest and the youngest. Which leaves one more. My final child is six and she really is our middle child.
My six-year-old can’t actually compete with her older sister because of the four-year age gap, but even if she could, there would be no point in trying to compete or compare herself with her older sister, because my two girls are just so different.
My six-year-old is kind, warm, quiet and then hilariously loud. She sees the word as an enchanted mystery, she loves everyone, she has a huge smile, she always shares, always cares and is SUCH an easy kid to love.
And yet, even though it would be pointless for her to compare herself to her sister, this was precisely what she was doing over summer. But it took me a wee while to work that out.
See, over summer, my usually easy-to-love, easy-going kid became… well… less easy to love.