Having a sibling can be extremely gratifying, but the first kid may not recognize this at first. Because they are accustomed to being the only kid, the announcement of a second kid may cause them to experience a range of emotions. As a result, parents should not only embrace the infant as they did the previous time, but also assist the older child in adjusting to the new situation.
I what all parents should teach their older children in order for them to form a positive relationship with the new baby.
1. The value of sharing
The first child was the family's lone kid before they had a sibling. Everything they had was likely to be theirs because all eyes were on them. As a result, before the second child arrives, they must be taught how to share. Instead of battling about ownership with the younger one, they will learn how to compromise.
2. How to be patient and kind
Before the birth of the second child, the first child will have learned many things. While kids may be eager to meet the newest member of the family, they must learn to be calm and gentle, as the newborn will not be able to speak. Because the infant will be slow and likely cry a lot, the elder sister or brother will need to know how to cope with them without getting furious.
3. There is always room in the family for more
When the second child arrives, it's natural for the first to feel unwanted. To avoid this they must realize that, with the addition of the new family member, they will play an even more important role.
4. You can love someone without hating another person.
Typically, the first kid is concerned that their parents will adore them less since the younger brother or sister will receive more attention. This envy can be alleviated by reassuring the first child that love has no bounds. They must know that their folks still adore them and that they are adored equally with the newborn.
5. How to be self-sufficient
Depending on their age, the first child should be trained to accomplish some activities on their own. This will give them the impression that they don't need their parents' attention as much as they did as babies.
6. The proper way to interact with others
If the first kid has never gone on a playdate, they must learn how to interact with other children properly. Parents should teach their children not to be rough, nasty, or greedy.
7. You should assist those who are in need.
Everything is definitely more difficult for newborn babies. The newborn will feel desired if the first child understands the importance of always helping someone whenever possible. This will not only assist the parents in nurturing the younger child, but it will also increase the confidence of the first child in being a nice sister or brother to their sibling.
8. How to Handle Fragile Items
Babies are delicate. While it is important for parents to enable their first kid to engage with their sibling, they must also be taught how to hold a baby carefully. Otherwise, even if they don't plan to, they may inadvertently harm the infant.
9. The significance of looking after family members
The first child must be taught that the second kid is also a member of the family. As a result, they should be cherished and cared for just like the rest of the family. Once the first child acknowledges this, they will defend their younger sibling.
10. How to express their emotions
This is likely one of the most crucial lessons to impart to the firstborn. When a second kid is born, there might be a lot of conflicting emotions. When the first child needs to express their emotions, they must realize that their parents will listen to them.
Which of these do you think first-born children should learn before a baby brother or sister arrives? What other characteristics should they develop in order to be excellent siblings to the younger ones? Tell us your thoughts.
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