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Emilie Silverwood-Cope: Mind the age gap





My younger two children’s first real love was for their big brother. He was five years old when my middle child was born and eight when the youngest came along. Their toddler years were spent waiting excitedly for him to come out of school.

Younger children are often in awe of their older siblings.
Younger children are often in awe of their older siblings.

They were in constant awe of all the incredible things he could do. He was their go-to expert and he was the most fun to be had. They would steal off to play together. He read to them, watched films with them and was never bored by them. In turn, they adored him, hero-worshipped him and just wanted to always be with him.

My children are now aged 17, 11 and nine years old and they rarely spend any time together. There are not many crossover interests any more nor the opportunities to hang out. Family days out are a thing of the past as we struggle to think of anything they’d all want to do.



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