Having a sibling can be really gratifying, but the first child may not think so at first. Because they are accustomed to being the only kid, the announcement of a second child may cause them to experience a range of emotions. As a result, parents should not only greet the infant as they did the previous time, but also assist the older child in adjusting to the change.
This is why we discuss what parents should teach their older children in order for them to form a strong bond with the new baby.
1. The significance of sharing things
The first kid was the sole child in the family before they had a sibling. All was focused on them, and everything they possessed was most likely theirs and theirs alone. As a result, before the second child arrives, they must be taught how to give. Instead of disputing about ownership with the younger one, they will learn to compromise this way.
2. How to be patient and kind
Before the delivery of the second child, the first child will have learned a great deal. While kids may be eager to meet the newest member of the family, they must learn to be gentle and patient, since the baby will not yet be able to communicate. Because the infant will be slow and likely cry a lot, the elder brother or sister will have to learn how to cope with them without becoming enraged.
3. That 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 understand the rule that "the bigger, the merrier..." applies to them, as well as the fact that they are required in the family. They must realize that, with the addition of the new family member, they will serve an even more important role.
4. It's possible to love someone without hating someone else
Typically, the first kid is concerned that their parents will love them less since the younger sister or brother will receive more attention. This envy can be alleviated by reassuring the first child that love has no bounds. They should be assured that their parents still adore them as much as they did before, and that they and the baby are cherished equally.
5. How to be self-sufficient
Depending on their age, the first kid should also be taught to be able to accomplish various activities on their own. This will make them feel as if they don't require their parents' attention as much as they did when they were babies. They will feel emboldened to behave as the newcomer's wiser, older sibling.
6. The proper way to interact with others
If the first child has never been on a playdate before, they should learn how to interact with other children properly. Parents should teach their children not to be rough, mean, or selfish. It is important to encourage being courteous and playing well so that everyone may enjoy the game.
7. You should assist those who are in need
Newborn newborns, of course, require assistance with everything. The newborn will feel needed if the first child understands that they should always assist someone whenever they can. This will not only assist the parents in raising the younger child, but it will also increase the confidence of the first child in being a nice brother or sister to their sibling.
8. How to Handle Fragile Items
Babies are delicate right out of the womb. While it is important for parents to encourage their first kid to engage with their sibling, they should also be taught how to carefully hold a baby. 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 should be taught that the second child is also a member of the family. As a result, kids, like everyone else in the family, should be cherished and cared for. Once the first child understands this, they are more willing to protect 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 communicate their thoughts, they should know that their parents will be there to listen. It's better for kids to be able to explain what's going on to their parents than to yell and scream or do something that could hurt the baby.
Which of these do you think first-born children should learn before a baby sister or brother arrives? What other characteristics should they develop in order to be excellent siblings to their younger siblings?
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