Matthew is an obedient boy and always smiling. He always pays attention to what his mother Imogen is saying, and only has tantrums on very rare occasions. However, he always runs away from the dinner table when spinach is served, which sometimes causes a problem for his mother. Melanie takes interest in people's faces. When she meets people on a stroll she takes more pleasure in touching their soft cheeks or pinching the end of their noses. However, she once got into trouble for pulling hard on her big sister Laurel's ear.