I love watching the relationship between Dale and Alan grow and change. It seems to take shape into more and more of a friendship almost weekly.
We expect a few bumps along the way, especially as Alan becomes more of a kid and less a baby. As a baby he accepts a lot easier those times Dale takes away a toy or has other sharing... issues. And he is very agreeable about what to play and how.
However, we have begun to see shades of Alan making his own preferences known at playtime. We like seeing our boys stand up for themselves, though, and we think doing so with each other is good practice. As long as it is done respectfully, and without injury, of course. ;)
As far as sibling rivalry, though, we just don't see an overall jealousy of each other. All of us have our moments. But in general, Alan adores Dale and Dale is caring and gentle towards Alan.
There has been one area where they seem to want to compete, especially Dale. And, well, we're just going to let it be and hope it lasts.
And where do we see this competition? At cleanup time, of all things.
We have been teaching Alan how to do his share and pick up toys. All of a sudden in the last few days, Dale can't seem to stand being outdone by Alan. We tell Alan to start picking up and Dale goes even faster.
Sharing issues, perhaps?
Maybe, but at least it gets the job done, and quickly!
What about your kiddos? Is there much rivalry at your house?