One of the brilliant things about being an older mum is nieces and nephews who are mature and tolerant of their young cousin. We were at the grandparents for the bank holiday and X's cousins didn't object at all that all the rules they abided by all through their childhood have gone out of the window with X who eats between meals, stays up as late as we all do and even watches dvd's in bed. My parents just don't have the energy to object any more.
X's cousins really spoilt her this weekend, They had baths with her, taught her make- up tips, let her play with their i-pods and played play-dough with her all day on sunday. You can probably guess which work of genius was by me, which by X and which by the fifteen year old boy cousin.