If your kids have cousins, (or if you do, for that matter), they are so lucky. Having a cousin in their lives helps them in so many ways that can benefit them for the rest of their life.
Cousins are so familiar, but it’s so much more than simply knowing them since we were born. It’s seeing ourselves and our parents and grandparents in their faces.
They might have our noses or our smiles. They might be goofy in the same way we are or have the same offbeat sense of humor. Cousins sometimes have the same kinds of talents and interests and hobbies, which makes everything even better!
Here’s Why Kids Are Crazy Lucky to Have Cousins
1. Kids can learn from their cousins. I’m kind of giggling to myself as I write this because I can promise you that while most of that learning is totally awesome, not all of it will be good. Cousins share all sorts of things, even those that adults might not love.
I remember my cousin trying to teach me to run and jump to grab a rope swing across the water. Let’s just say it wasn’t the smartest decision I’d ever made, but all these years later I’m sure glad I have that memory.
2. Knowing about a cousin’s health is really important. Because of the familial relationship, some illnesses are genetic and could be shared. It’s always smart to know about any health issues they have.
3. The memories! Oh gosh, I remember hanging out with my cousins growing up. We had inside jokes and secrets and fights and it has all stuck with me throughout my life. I love that it’s a part of my history.
4. When things get tough, your tough cousins show up. A large family surrounds each other when there is illness or sadness or trouble. It’s a blessing to be able to count on them. When you’re sad, you can put your head on their shoulder and cry it out if you need to.