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Here's a lovely story from a Mom in New Jersey
"I want to share a cute story from my walk in the neighborhood,
using your techniques!! Today, my 2 year old and I met two
cousins that were 4 and 5 years old. The 5 year old boy had a
box of cookies. The 4 year old girl asked if she could have one.
He said, "they're all mine" and turned the box of cookies away
from her. So, my mind turned trying to think of things that I
had learned about "siblings"; and I started to mirror each one.
I told the boy, "she sounds like she wants a cookie". He said
"they are all mine" I told her that "he said that they were all
his". She looked sad. I told him that it "looks like she is
Then, I switched to a playful mode. I put my hands on my hips,
and said "Hey, what's the big idea? I want a cookie, please"
Then I said, in a grumpy face, "No, they are all mine!"
They both started to giggle, and then said "do it again". I did
it again. They giggled, and they said "do it again." I did it
again. They giggled. You get the gist! I could have been there
all day. Anyway, the boy handed the girl the box of cookies and
said, "Here have a cookie." And I thought to myself "wow!"
The next thing I know, they reversed the roles. He said in a
playful voice "Hey, what's the big idea! I want a cookie." She
said in a grumpy funny voice "no, they are all mine!" It was
adorable. When their mother came out, they had to share it all
with her, giggling away."