When my son, Liam, arrived three years after Whitney, Melanie and I were worried about what kind of brother he would be to our special little girl. We've tried to teach him to be kind and patient with his big sister. And while Liam spends plenty of time filling his pesky little brother role, I think our efforts are beginning to pay off.
Recently, when Melanie was finishing getting dinner ready, I called the kids to the table. Since Liam can walk and run, he arrived first. He ran to his chair. Pulled it out and started to climb in. Then he thought for a minute, walked around to Whitney's chair and pulled it out for her. Then he walked over to Whitney, who was making her way to the table on her hands and knees, and tried to pick her up and help her to her chair.
I was touched. And while some of Liam's helpfulness may have been motivated by his eagerness to eat, I was pleased he would think of his big sister's needs and try to help her with some of the things he knows she can't do for herself.