She just turned 1… He will be celebrating his 3rd birthday in a matter of two weeks.
Two of my children are classified as toddlers and it seems like since Addie celebrated her birthday, her older brother feels like she is treading on his toddler turf.
I can’t even begin to express how fun the past week has been around our house. Can you sense the heavy sarcasm here?
“Mommy! Addison is looking at me!”
“Mommy! Addison took my fire truck!”
“Mommy! Tell her to STOP!”
“Mommy! Addie POOPED!”
Oh dear lord save me!
By the end of yesterday my head was spinning. Here my almost 3 year old who has been making leaps and bounds in school with other children is acting like the 1 year old! I am trying to wrap my mind around it and understand he is still a baby himself but I am totally spent.
I never experienced any kind of sibling rivalry when both of my boys were toddlers. I don’t know if it is because my oldest son is pretty laid back or if it is because Ben resents his sister in some way, shape, or form but I need to do something about it sooner rather than later.
I have tried spending one-on-one time with each child. Our middle son gets to spend a lot of time with his LaLa (“Grandma” on Daddy’s side) because it is something he really enjoys. He spends 12 hours a week with other kids, playing and having no issues at all. It almost seems like the only problem is with his little sister.
And on the little sister note. She is already annoyed by him. You can see it on her face. Every time he starts complaining or just flat out whining she looks at him with this look. It is almost like she is thinking to herself… this kid? again? What is his deal?
So here I am asking my readers for help!
We breezed through the years thus far and now I have hit this brick wall with him. I am at a loss! I just don’t know what to do because I feel like I have tried everything.
What have you tried for jealousy and sibling rivalry in your toddlers?
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