Zachary and his younger brother have always gotten along pretty well but lately I have notice Zachary doesn`t want to play with Timothy as much. He likes to call his friends on the phone and sometimes they will come over (the ones that live nearby) I have never made Zachary play with Timothy because I think they each need their space. But Timothy is afraid Zachary is mad at him and keeps asking him What did I do? I think Zachary is just wanting some time alone ( in this small house there is not much room for privacy) and with the weather being more rainy than sunny this Spring I think alot of the having to stay in is getting to Zach. My question is do you notice this need for privacy more with your ds or dd at this age and how am I handling it? Do you think I need to get Zachary to spend more time with his brother or just let him decide when he wants to play with him? They will be at separate schools for the first time next yr when Zach goes to middle school and I think that it would be good if they could play and get along well this summer but Timothy is going to scholar`s camp next week and Zach is going to basketball camp in July so they are developing different interests. I would just like to know how you handled this when it came up? The younger brother is getting his feelings hurt and I am trying to tell him he is going to have to make friends of his own. Timothy is very shy and has relied on Zach alot in the past and I guess it is time for the growing pains to start for him to UGH they grow up too fast!!!!!