When I was pregnant with Paul, it was a huge fear and concern of mine that my other three kids would feel left out and ignored. I desperately worried that I wouldn’t have enough time/energy/love to go around, to successfully parent four young children.
And while it has been a struggle to find a daily rhythm that works for everyone, I think we’ve hit a good stride. I’ve found that one of the best things I can do for the older kids is make them feel like a valued and active participant with the new baby.
Letting them help out and make decisions regarding the baby has empowered them.
11 Ways Older Siblings Can Help with the Baby:
And yes, sometimes it takes longer and doesn’t get done the way I would have done things. But at the end of the day, those things are trivial in comparison to my older children’s feeling secure with their role in our family.
How about you? How do you empower your big kids when it comes to helping out with the baby?
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