My kids were born on the very same day five years apart. That doesn't mean they get along, though. Their age gap and the fact that they have to share a birthday every year has resulted in a lot of fights, actually, and they argue like most siblings do. I don't force my kids to get along, though, but instead allow them the space and time to build their evolving relationship organically. In the process, however, I have realized I've been low-key helping my kids bond in ways that are both long-lasting and beneficial.
I have a 12-year-old daughter and an almost 7-year-old son, so there's plenty of "excitement" around my house these days. And when I say "excitement" I mean arguing, yelling, screaming, and snitching. My son complains that my daughter won't play with him, and my daughter complains that my son won't stop saying "butt" over and over again. They love each other, sure, but sometimes it can seem as though they can't stand being around one another.
But then I catch a glimpse of them them bonding over a shared interest or taking care of one another and remember that they're typical siblings who can argue over something inconsequential but who will always have one another's back. I also realize that in very small, almost accidental ways I have contributed to the love they share and have helped them grow closer to one another. So with that in mind, here's how I helped my babies bond without even realizing it: