Growing up me and my brother fought like cat and dog! But in amongst that I knew I had a friend for life.
We laughed, we played, we pretended and above all we experienced life together.
I can now say that we don't argue anymore, although he still knows how to wind me up and which buttons to push!
We stopped arguing as much when we got a little sister, who's much younger than us both!
I have so many memories of growing up together.
We spent much of our childhood being kids! That's the way it should be.
We had to grow up a fair bit when our mums epilepsy got worse.
We stepped in to help with our younger sister a lot.
Our mum couldn't drive then but we never missed out.
We truly had a childhood that was so wonderful even if we took it for granted at the time.
We are all worrying that our children will be affected by the isolation and the long periods at home, but I like to think that they are getting something more than any other generation will get to have.
They are having time at home to explore, to be children, time to learn through play and time to learn important life skills.
Having Ethan home brings many challenges but at the end of the day all he really needs is attention and love.
I put so much pressure on myself to fulfil his physio plans to the T along with all the sides of development too, but what we really all need to do is just get by.
No pressure and just let the children be children.
Our childhood was so much fun.
We didn't have the most expensive toys going or all the named brands, yet we were still super happy.
We made our own fun and now is the time to do that again. Time to take it back to basics and learn from our children.
Spending more time at home together has given Florrie and Ethan more time to play with each other.
To really get to know each other.
Florrie has a much bigger understanding of Ethans needs and the care that he needs.
This bond would have taken much longer to form had they not spent as much time together.
I hope that going forward they can have a special relationship just like I do with my siblings.