I don't know if other parents with children close in age or of the same sex have this problem but it is HUGE in our house: a deep and urgent need to HAVE everything and DO everything that the other sibling is doing. I know I felt it as a kid with my brother even though we were 7 years apart in age and there was no way equality could reign supreme. I think in some ways it is easier to at least explain to children when there is an age difference (which doesn't mean they will take it any better tho!). With two children who are basically twins, carving out individual time and attention becomes harder and is met with more opposition (at least by the one who is "left behind").
It had been a while since I've had any alone time with just one of my daughters so I carved out a morning for the past two weekends for just that purpose. It was Kate's turn last week and she had been talking about it for a week...."I'm going to brunch with Mama!!!"....to anyone who would listen.
As soon as she woke up Sunday it was all she could talk about. We ended up at Julius Meinl on Southport which also happened to coincide with a street festival!
Bubble girl from Lisa on Vimeo.
She had the most fun in the bumper boat!
Marmalade this time.
It's amazing how easy shopping is with only one kid. I never realized this when it was just Kate!
We definitely need to do more of this. The girls are each so different and it's nice to get them away from each other, to focus all of your attention on just one child. It's almost like I could see them grow right in front of me.