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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Sibling Rivalry Can Start Before The new Addition Arrives

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Many times an only child can resent a new member before he or she even arrives. The mom is busy getting ready for the new arrival the child feels left out. They feel as if you have no time for them. One example of this was a woman who was having a baby and her three year old son did not want a new little brother or sister. Convincing a young child that this will be something good is not going to work as she found out.

As the time came near, the child was moody and would not listen. The day the baby was born, he was taken to the hospital to see his new brother. He seemed to be fine. He held his brother with the help f his dad and everyone thought that was it, he had accepted the new arrival. As the days moved along, he was finding that this new baby cried a lot and his mom was always busy with the baby.

One day he had enough of the crying and frankly told his mother to put that baby back inside her tummy. He informed his mom that it made to much noise and he could not sleep or think. That was the start of sibling rivalry for the family.

It is hard to tell a child about a new arrival, but if you keep them included in everything, they should adjust. In some cases, you will have to explain the benefits of having a sibling every day until one day the child listens or gives up.

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