Elliot turns 6 later this week, and that means he's finally old enough to play with real Legos. (Standard Legos — not Duplo — are recommended for ages 6 through 12.)
But in our case, the biggest challenge to playing with Legos is the other kids in our house. We can't have a bunch of tiny pieces floating around when they could be swallowed by a 1-year-old.
This is the conundrum of the oldest child. It doesn't matter if you're old enough to play with a toy; you have to make sure your younger sister can handle it too.
But in order to be fair to Elliot, we've struck a deal. He can play with his big-kid Legos (which he got as a birthday gift) as long as Lucy is asleep.
Elliot and I were assembling a Batman Batcopter set yesterday afternoon (the instructions had 47 steps!) when there was a BANG BANG BANG on the door.
Lucy had woken up from her nap and was prowling the house. We had to scramble to gather up the Legos and put them away.
I realized then that the most terrifying villain in Gotham isn't the Joker or Scarecrow. It's your toddler sister.