It’s truly magical to see your children get together with your relatives’ children and they just click. Both sides know relatively nothing about each other. They meet in the afternoon for the first time or years since they last saw each other and by bedtime (which is absurdly late of course) they want to share the same bed.
Is it that the parents know each other so well that they instinctively trust their distant cousins? Just luck?
Children watch and absorb so much of what we do that I feel like they can sense it. They see us let our guard down, relax, settle in with those we grew up with that they do the same.