Bringing home baby Zeke and introducing him to our family has been an experience. With a 16-month old who has NO idea what this little thing is, a 6-year old who is still grieving from no longer being the baby from the last kid and an 8-year old princess – it’s been a ride.
Sibling jealousy is inevitable.Each child is acting out in their own way.
Our 16-month old has learned to screech. It’s not a scream, a holler or yell. It’s an absolute mirror shattering noise that he likes to make around the baby.
The 6-year old has been emotional wreck. He was the baby for 5 years before we had our third. Seeing he was still grieving from not being the baby last time, this baby has thrown him into an emotional spiral.
Our 8-year old thinks she’s the mom. She has taken it upon herself to discipline the other kids and is determined to mom this babe.
We are trying to combat the issue by making sure each kid has individual attention. I know in the weeks to come once we get back in to a routine and school starts things will be better, until then – I’m enjoying the circus!
On a happy note, I am happy to report that we have only had 3 of the 4 kids crying at one time. I am waiting for the day when it’s 4 out of 4. I know it’s coming….
All that being said, the kids are madly in love with Zeke. They all clammer to see his every move and while it’s a non-stop production around here, we wouldn’t have it any other way.
How Did You Deal With Sibling Jealousy?