Our children were born in a boy, girl, boy, girl order, which is rather convenient in many ways. As I'm sure any birth order is convenient – or not – but since it's all we have, we might as well like it. One of the reasons I like the one I've been given is that it sets a boy older than a girl. We have our oldest boy, our ballerina daughter, and then these two:
From the moment she was born, when he was a toddling three-year-old, he has been told, "You are her protector. God made you for many reasons, and one of those is to be your little sister's protector."
And so he takes his job seriously. Quite. Independent thing that she is, she is not always happy about it.
Being a Protector can sometimes mean Being a Pain, since he wants to continually stop her from doing something she really wants to do. So they don't always get along. There are occasional screams, and sometimes frustration.
But every now and then, she lets him be what he wants to be.