Yesterday I was swimming with my 4 1/2 year old daughter because we were on vacation. In the pool there were 4 other kids each of them had a brother or sister to team up and play with. My daughter had no one. I watched as she tried to make friends with some of them but it seem the sibling bond was too strong for her to break. None of them acknowledged her or tried to be her friend. All I could do was coach her on to encourage her to say "Do you want to play with me?" or "Hi, my name is XXXX." She looked so desperate to make a friend. She followed them around just enough to watch from a distance but still feel like she was part of the group. In this moment I understood how strong the sibling relationship is. I have 3 older sisters and I always have someone to talk too. I really want my daughter to have someone she can have a bond with other than my husband and myself. I never want her to feel like an outsider again.
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