Yes. I do take the time to think every once in awhile, and I’ve come to a conclusion about my young rapscallions, aka, my twins.
Since they’ve been old enough to get into trouble I’ve pondered whether:
1. They are individually more inquisitive about things forbidden/off limits/that will get them in trouble/are dangerous than my other children.
2. If by combining their desire to explore their world they just accomplish more in terms of raising havoc than their siblings.
I’ve come to a conclusion. I think.
Individually they have more adventerous spirits than my older 3 children, AND when they combine forces they can accomplish great things. Both in their own minds and literally.
The other day my twins and my niece of almost the same age were playing in the backyard. My niece came running inside to me to tell me that John needed help. I didn’t hear any cries for help or wailing, so I was skeptical that there was any real crisis. I followed her out though, and I heard a happy voice saying, “I need help”. I could hear the voice, but not see the body. Then I looked up on the brick wall that divides my backyard from my neighbors and saw that Jacob was stuck on the top, high centered. It was then that I realized John had climbed the 5 ft wall and jumped down into the neighbors yard on the other side. That’s why I could hear him but not see him. The boys had figured out a way to help each other to the top, and while one was brave enough to jump down, the other one wasn’t.
Clearly, different personalities at work between my twins and niece…..she didn’t attempt to join in an that particular adventure.
I think that when my four year olds put their two impetuous heads together they have the potential to be the death of me. And themselves. Period.