What you do for one, you must do for the other.
Ken and I have heard this mantra constantly. Most of the time it comes from someone who does not have children. I like to think that those of us who have children learned this lesson the hard way. We buy two of almost everything, but at Christmastime we bought a hand-held Leapster game for Simone but not for Nadia. Big mistake. Nadia was too young, I thought. While this may be true, she quickly took an interest in her sister’s gift and had fun with it.
Tug of wars broke out. Simone and Nadia shed tears. We replaced the batteries time and time again. That’s when I suggested we buy one for Nadia, who enjoyed the learning toy as much as or more than her sister. I know, I know. Children shouldn’t play these games for hours and hours.
A few days later, we purchased a new hand-held game. The wars ended. The tears dried. We bought a lot of batteries. Peace had been restored. For those of you who may forget the mantra above, don’t make our mistake. What you do for one, you must do for the other.