The sweet encounter was caught on the sleep monitor where the boy could be seen whispering and cuddling with his 8-year-old sister Reid, who was very eager to begin the day.
Kids are smarter than we give them credit for. In the latest case, a young boy proved that he was not only smart but also kind. 9-year-old Noal reportedly woke up early one morning to comfort his little sister with Down syndrome so their mother could sleep a little longer. The sweet encounter was caught on the sleep monitor where the boy could be seen whispering and cuddling with his 8-year-old sister Reid, who was very eager to begin the day. When Tara McCallan watched the footage the day after Mother's Day, it made her "heart absolutely burst as a mom."
The mother of three from Canada was left touched by her son's thoughtful gesture of allowing his mother to spend some more time under the sheets, according to The Epoch Times. "Pip [Reid's nickname] is an early riser. And escape artist," shared the 40-year-old on a Facebook post. "We have baby monitors on her and a clock that turns colors letting her know it’s time to get up. But, I’d give her a solid D+ for effort." Like any other day, Tara sensed that her daughter was about to wake up and begin her dawn routine. Just as she prepared herself to leave the bed, she saw something unusual. Her oldest son had entered Reid's bedroom.
As she continued watching the sleep monitor screen, Tara saw that Noal took Reid's hand and advised her, "Let's let Mom sleep." Then he climbed onto her single bed and laid down beside her. He continued cuddling and whispering to his restless sister until it was time for them to get up. Recalling the incident, the proud mother said, "Two things unfolded in that moment for me. First of course, that my son was sweet enough to think of me and did that. But, even more importantly, that I got a small glimpse into how he would care for her when no one was looking."
Tara, who runs a nonprofit called Happy Soul Project which started shortly after Reid's birth, also mentioned how Noal drop-kicked his sister while wrestling in the backyard hours later. The fact that he was capable of being so sweet, caring, and kind to his baby sister touched Tara deeply. Now she feels a little relieved that Noal has his sister's back when Tara is not around. "As a parent of a child with special needs, it’s beyond scary to think what would happen to your child if you or your partner weren’t around," she shared. "But, seeing my boys in moments they don’t know I’m watching, care for her … Does me right in."
Apparently, this wasn't the first time her boys showed a caring attitude towards their sister. Speaking to Epoch Times, Tara revealed that both Noal and his 5-year-old brother Theo would come forward to assist Reid whenever she needed them. Sharing an explanation, Tara recalled a May 16 incident when Reid, who has Type 1 diabetes, had a malfunction on her insulin pump. As she got sick, her mom held her hair and rubbed her back to comfort her while she vomited.
Then Theo took over when Tara left the bathroom to fetch some water for her. Tara believes that the best way to teach someone is to set an example, but agrees that nothing can beat a child's intuition at times. "The compassion and empathy [Pip] has taught my boys, just by being her, is something I could never teach like she has," she expressed. "The bond they share is unlike anything I could have imagined." You can check out the family's journey on Instagram.