Alleviating Sibling Rivalry – Reducing the Older Sibling’s Resentment

Alleviating Sibling Rivalry – Reducing the Older Sibling’s Resentment

When a new baby comes along and requires a lot of your time and attention, it is important to reassure your older child that he is still loved and cherished.  And it is necessary to do so in a language he understands.  Verbal platitudes will not do much, but giving him a half-hour or so of undivided attention every day will do the trick.  The following are some suggestions for appropriate ways to spend that time:

  • A story book session in his bedroom (not reading him a story while rocking the baby on your lap).
  • Watching a special television program together.
  • A game of catch in the backyard.
  • A walk around the block or to a local park.
  • A cooking session wherein the child helps prepare part of the evening meal.
  • A drive to the library, grocery store, or nowhere in particular.
  • A drama session involving costumes and pretend play.
  • A simple construction project such as putting together a secret clubhouse in the basement or backyard.
  • Building and furnishing a doll house.
  • A sing along session with the piano, a cd player, or unaccompanied.
  • An arts and crafts session with clay, crayons, or fingerpaints.
  • A story-telling session featuring tales about the family history.
  • Working on puzzles together.
  • Participating in a parent-child class at Romp n’ Roll!
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