We just found out that bub #2 is a boy, we have a girl who will be 18 months old when he comes along.
I was convinced we were going to have another girl and was all mentally ready for two girls and all that goes with that, now I'm just lost... I am an only child and DH has younger sisters and I can't think of anyone I know who had a girl and then a boy close in age.
So Im wondering if anyone does have a girl and then a boy and how do they interact, any tips welcome!!!
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18-06-2013 20:49 #1
How do a sister and brother close in age interact?
18-06-2013 20:53 #2
18m gap, you'll be busy :-)
I'm 3 yrs with my brother, so can't really help, but I think in the first 2-3yrs they'll be interested in the same things as my ds loves Barbie, tinkerbell movies and playing house kitchen like his 5 year old girl cousin. But I've started to notice as he becomes closer to 4 he is more interested in boy stereo type play.
I think personality will play a big part too and as they get older they may even share similar friends or have the opposite!!
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18-06-2013 20:59 #3Senior Member
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My DD and DS1 are 2 years and 4 months apart and really, apart from the normal fights, at 7.5 and 5 they really are the best of mates. They spend pretty much all their time together playing outside and have a gorgeous bond. I hope that they're always close.
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18-06-2013 21:00 #4
My brother is 3 years older than me but we had great fun as kids, play imaginative games together, he would teach me stuff or show me stuff he was interested in. We have two much older brothers as well so would play cricket & football etc. A brother & sister close in age can get along really well I think, though my brother & I would fight a lot too but all siblings will do that.
My DH has a younger sister (by 3 years) but they didn't play with each other much as kids...probably depends on the kids (& family dynamic).
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18-06-2013 21:07 #5
DS1 and DD2 are 17 mths apart. Somedays they are best friends other days the fight like cats and dogs.
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18-06-2013 21:16 #6
My ds and dd are 14 months apart and although it was difficult the first year when they were both babies I am really enjoying watching how close they have become. They are almost 3 and almost 4 now and while they fight like most siblings do I also think they have a closeness that I think is reminiscent of twins. They play with each other all the time and being so close they are pretty close developmental wise so they are evenly matched and like the same games, tv shows etc..
my dd only told me this afternoon that ds is her best friend so cute!!
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18-06-2013 22:44 #7
I am 19 months older than my brother. We were always very close, shared a lot of friends & played basketball together (mixed comp)
We still see each other regularly with our families & we are 32 & 33 :-)
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19-06-2013 00:34 #8
Mine are reversed, but a similar age gap. DS is 4 and DD is 2.5 and right now they are awesome together.
To be honest I don't think gender plays a big role for quite a while, they play together pretty much all day. I don't think you need worry about the differences of giving her a brother as opposed to a sister. By the time the hormones start to change them (and therefore their relationship) it would have affected them even if they were both girls anyway. There are loads of fights, but they're just beginning to clue in to the fact that they can be best friends. She seems very developmentally 'ahead' having him to follow, and he seems to enjoy pretending to be younger like her. They play together things like digging, doll house, pushing each other on the swing etc... But then they also make up these funny games together and sometimes seem to have their own language which is cool.
I won't lie, it was hard for the first year. Maybe even 18 months, but I'm starting to see some real love and companionship blossoming in the last 6 months. She was lost when he started Kindy this year. Lol.
As an aside, my brother is 7 years younger than me and we have a really great relationship. I've always played a more maternal role, being so much older which often worked in his favour and sometimes gave him the sh*ts really badly. Lol.
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19-06-2013 04:36 #9
My kids are 14 months. Ds is 4 and dd is 3, they fight a lot but they are also best friends
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19-06-2013 05:01 #10
It's definitely a personality thing.
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