Breaking the news to your child that they have a new brother or sister on the way can be an interesting experience. While typically, they will be excited about the news, once the new baby arrives things may change. Sibling rivalry is always a possibility with multiple children, and learning how to deal with it is an important skill to have. Here are some tips to prepare for a new sibling:
1. Q & A
When you first break the news about a new baby, younger children will undoubtedly have a ton of questions for you. It’s important to sit down with them and have a “Q&A” session in order to answer any questions they may be wondering. Being open and honest, and helping your child understand the changes that will be coming, will help them be prepared when the time comes.
As soon as you become aware of the second child on its way, you should begin to work on the relationship between your children. Preparing your first child for a new baby is critical to them not only understanding the situation the family will be in, but also accepting and embracing it.
Many times, your first child may begin to feel neglected once a new baby arrives. It’s important to not only tell them but show them how much they still mean to you after the second sibling is born. Better yet, be sure to involve them a lot in helping out with the new baby and asking for their opinion on various issues relating to the child.
4. Time Share
Another important concept to keep in mind is equal time-sharing between your children. While it’s easy to get lost in caring for and spending time with a newborn baby, you must also be sure to give the older child enough attention as well. Although you may be oblivious to how much time is spent, your children will be well aware if they aren’t getting the time they deserve.
5. Family Bonding
Building a strong bond within your family unit is a great way to keep the children happy. If you can manage to plan multiple family activities throughout the week or month, there’s a lot better chance that your children will grow closer as they get older. The key is to continue this relationship building as young as possible to pay off later in life.
6. Role Model
If you raise your older child to be a great role model for the younger sibling, this will be very beneficial down the road. If they can take on this responsibility of role model, not only will your younger child be able to confide in them, but this will also strengthen their relationship. It will ideally become a mentor-mentee relationship.
Written by Cindy Perry, Inventor of the pello, Luxe Floor Pillows
Cindy, a Texas girl, put herself through college working at a children’s library and sewing at night. When she met her husband and had her two boys, she decided to stay home to care for them while designing window treatments and bedding.
When Cindy’s first son was learning to sit up, he would always fall through the pillows she set around him, hit his head, and cry. Besides, setting her child down on the hardwood floors on just a blanket always seemed so cold. Using her years of sewing and design skills, Cindy took inspiration from a woman in her breastfeeding class and got to work. With some scrap fabric and a few tweaks, pello was born! pello is a luxe floor pillow that helps children feel safe, warm and protected.
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