The dangers of child jealousy, and methods of dealing with it
- If you decide to replenish, be prepared to share your love and time for two or more children. It is important to remember that the baby will require and receive enough attention automatically. Unlike him, the eldest child will remember for a long time the fact that you did not read him a fairy tale for the night as before.
- The problem of competition is important to warn in advance, even in the phase of pregnancy. When you report to the firstborn about the appearance of a brother or sister, come up with a convincing reason for your decision. For example, what do you do to ensure that the eldest was with whom to play.
- Make sure that the appearance of the baby does not hurt the ordinary life of the first child. Possible changes are coordinated with him and, if there is no other way out, find weighty arguments to convince him.
- Do not leave the older child alone with the younger. Remember that children's jealousy, regardless of whether it is explicit or aggressive, can be very dangerous and destructive.