Whenever E, is in the mood (more and more frequently) she shows Baby L. how we do things around a house, how she should eat with a spoon or drink with a straw. Baby Sis always has a great time whenever her Big Sister pays a close attention to her.
Of course, we do it in both languages. It’s great practice for E. and learning opportunity for L.
“Teaching” started when L. was about 6 months old. With flashcards and books:
Later on E. enjoyed feeding Baby Sis to show how to use a spoon.
After a few months now Baby Sis can do it all by herself.
E. is explaining Baby Sis how to unload the dishwasher.
Big Sister is teaching baby L. how to place the dish-washer tablet in.
Then starting the dishwasher.
It’s still housework time. Loading the washing-machine.
“These are your tights” – said E. and put them in the washing-machine. Then L. gave her a purple onesie.
It’s baby L.’s privilege to push the start button.
Drinking with a straw is not a problem if you can watch your Big Sister how to do it.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s not all sunshine and lollipops. There are quite a lot of screaming, and some hitting, pinching, scratching when the girls get frustrated in some tense situations. But it’s getting better and better. Now I (and E. too) see the light at the end of the tunnel. All in all, it’s great to have a Big Sister, as well as a Baby Sis.