There is a baby on the way and your kids are less then excited to say the least. New parents can find many ways to help the older siblings along before that bundle of joy even arrives. First off, its all about the attention and all kids want all of their parents attention, all the time. Parents can create activities that their children can engage in to ‘help’ mom and dad take care of the baby. Also, parents can provide specific times for bonding with not only each child but with each other so nobody is left out. Just make sure your children can approach you with any concerns, anytime.
- Giving the older siblings the chance to ask questions is a great way to help them cope with new baby coming.
- Talk with your children about how life will look like with the new baby as part of the family. Keep the focus on the positive things.
- It might be hard for the parents to divide their attention between two or more children, but trying is what counts!
“As parents, you are probably super excited about having another baby. The youngest family members might not see things in the same way that you do and that is natural. They may have many fears, feelings of anxiety, and questions.”