They're forging relationships today. They're family--cousins--but to them it's all just fun and games. What I know is that good, long, enjoyable experiences will be in their minds for years to come. I'm counting on it. I've had those moments with cousins too and it's the memories that drive me to create an atmosphere of pleasure and comradery that perpetuates a kind of cousinhood that is gripping in their adult years.
My husband has this desire too. And so we provide opportunities for meaningful connections, whether it be through activities such as dirt-biking and camping, or simply playing house in their bedrooms. Cousins are always welcome. They'll be our children's best and longest friends.