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April 30, 2013


Sibling bonds

As a parent, I’m very interested in teaching our kids important life lessons – like ‘treat other people the way you want to be treated’.  Sometimes the lack of noticeable progress can be quite frustrating, and other times they clearly demonstrate that something has sunk in (even if it’s only briefly).

This past summer we visited Lake Tekapo for a few days, and I wanted to share one moment with you. Even although the lake water is quite cold due to the glacier runoff, I took the kids for a swim at a spot where the water was supposedly a little warmer. While there, they found a large concrete block some distance from the shore on which to sun themselves warm after getting sufficiently cold playing in the water. I snapped this photo while they were relaxing, sharing a snack, and soaking up the warmth of the sun. It seemed to capture a glimpse of the positive sibling bond that can be shared between brothers and sister – as opposed to sibling rivalry which is much, much more common.

Siblings sharing a relaxed and positive moment together

Siblings sharing a relaxed and positive moment together

It would be nice if they could have more of these moments of friendship and cooperation, even throughout the teenage years.  I am posting the photo as a reminder to myself that there’s always hope.

Dad’s Recommendation:
Don’t give up on an adventure just because the water is too cold, or some other seemingly unpleasant impediment … something surprising may happen as a result.

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  1. Sally Swift
    May 1 2013

    I just finished looking at the CD’s of photos. Tekapo . I remember the time Luke, on his own, offered to help a total stranger dig in his yard.


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