It’s no surprise that Juliet has learned a lot from Drake. From morning to night she loves her big brother and follows him everywhere. Drake is a great big brother, for the most part, and really doesn’t mind having Juliet tag along with him all the time. Since they spend so much time together, I always encourage Drake to show Juliet what he is doing, explain to her how games are played, what letters are on the book, where to put things away.
Juliet is in that wonderful stage where she imitates everything, so oftentimes she will copy Drake which also helps her learn. The downside is of course when Drake is being naughty or silly (shoes on your head, anyone), she often picks up those habits too. I always tell Drake he is Juliet’s best teacher and as her big brother he will always be the one she looks to when learning about our world. With that in mind though, there have been certain things that I have noticed Drake has learned or gotten a better understanding of since Juliet’s arrival. I never realized how having a little sister, or a sibling in the home, could help teach Drake things I have been working on with him for years to much frustration and futility. Watching him interact with Juliet and learning these lessons from her really warms my heart, especially since I know he will teach Juliet countless things throughout her life. It’s nice to know that she can also help him become a better person too.
Feelings - Of all the lessons Juliet has taught Drake, the biggest one I have noticed has to do with feelings and emotions. Before Juliet was born, my biggest worries about Drake always stemmed with how he played with other children roughly. Drake would push and shove and snatch and grab no matter how often I would tell him it wasn’t nice and that we don’t use our hands on others. Going to school and just simply growing up and maturing have definitely played a part in helping with this, but it wasn’t until recently with Juliet that I noticed Drake starting to grasp the idea that others have feelings too.