I think the thing I was least prepared for in parenting is the dynamic of the sibling relationship.
I’ve seen my kids publicly announce they are no longer siblings to becoming best friends who turn their entire room into a fort, in just a matter of minutes.
A few days ago child number two apologized to child number three for saying she wasn’t as good as child number four. Child number three apologized to child number two for throwing a bottle at said child. Then the next day they both banned child number one from entering their tea party because “he always ruins it.” Are you tracking with me?
Yet as crazy at the times can be, the unpredictability can also be refreshing surprise. Seeing two huddled up reading together, or having tea parties, or teaching one other is encouraging, and heart-warming in ways that I didn’t anticipate.