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How To Foster a Healthy Relationship Between Our Kids

Posted by on Oct. 22, 2016 at 1:00 PM
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One of the longest relationship you will have is the relationship between you and your sibling/s. That’s why I think it’s so important to build this relationship on a strong and positive foundation.

There’s no secret formula to a perfect sibling relationship. However, there are things you as a parent can do to foster a healthy sibling relationship between them.

Prepare your older child/children for the coming of a new baby. It’s a big change for them so they’ll be experiencing different emotions about their upcoming role.

Your role is to reassure them that you love them and that you will be them. Here are other things you can do to kick-start the relationship:

  • Let the older child feel the baby’s kicks and talk to the unborn baby. That way, when the baby is born, the voice is familiar.

  • Include your older child with baby preparations and in caring for you. This fosters responsibility and a sense of ownership to the role.

  • Talk about their babyhood. You can sit on the nursery glider chair together, look through pictures and talk about him/her as a baby. By replaying his baby days, he/she will know what to expect from her baby brother or sister. It’ll also remind them that at some point, he or she got all the attention.

  • Spend some time in the nursery together. Your older child can even help decorate it. The more involved the soon-to-be sibling is with the preparations, the smoother the transition to a new baby will be.

How about you, what will you do?

by on Oct. 22, 2016 at 1:00 PM
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janessa27
by Silver Member on Oct. 24, 2016 at 11:50 AM
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We had our 1st born make a build a bear for the new baby and DH snuck and made one for our firstborn. When they first met at the hospital- they exchanged gifts. This really eased our oldest one and they had a very positive first meeting.

TigerofMu
by on Oct. 24, 2016 at 1:09 PM
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My children were already grown when they became siblings.  The hardest transition was for my youngest, because she was an only before that, but she has a lot of cousins that she is very close to and had lived with us at times, so it wasn't that big of a transition.  We work a lot on respect for each other, for each other's space, and for each other's stuff. 

celestegood
by Bronze Member on Oct. 24, 2016 at 2:54 PM
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Same as the above. Plus, there are good books to help with the transition.
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Kmakksmom
by on Oct. 26, 2016 at 12:28 PM
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Our kids were always excited to welcome a new sibling.
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