Stop Sibling Rivalry Now!
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Prepare your children for the newborn will help prevent and decrease any feelings of sibling rivalry. Explain how they are now part of the family and all the benefits of having a sibling to play together.
Children will display some form of jealousy, some extra whining and crying or perhaps a regression in development such as; wetting the bed, refusing to use the potty, daytime wetting accidents etc.. These reactions are all normal since your child is adjusting to the change. It is important to supervise your children when they hold or play with their new brother or sister.
5 Strategies to Stop Sibling Rivalry
1. Include your children to help in whatever manner they can with the newborn, such as getting diapers, clothes or toys.
2. Be prepared for changes and regression in your child’s behavior and development, such as having more temper tantrums or having some accidents when he was just potty trained.
3. Encourage friends and family to spend time with your other children when they offer to help with the baby
4. Continue enforcing your usual routines including meals, naps, and bedtimes.
5. Spend quality one-on-one time with each sibling. Make sure this is a special time together on an activity or outing your child enjoys most. This will make your child feel appreciated, love and connected.
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