THE OLDER SIBLING Blues

Bona|June 2020

THE OLDER SIBLING Blues
Expecting the arrival of your bundle of joy may be exciting for you and your partner, but might not be so thrilling for your older child. Experts say kids sometimes struggle to accept the changes that a newborn brings. Fundiswa Nkwanyana spoke to some of them to help you prepare your firstborn for the new family member.
Fundiswa Nkwanyana

So, you’re expecting your second baby, or you’ve just been blessed with one, congratulations! Your household is growing and you want the whole family involved in celebrating this miracle, but your firstborn is not feeling this joyful mood. Don’t worry, experts say this is common. They say when you are expecting or bringing a new baby to the home, the older child might find this frustrating. It takes time for some kids to come to terms with not being the only child anymore and this may result in behavioural problems and resentment. Fortunately, experts say there are things you can do to help your firstborn deal with the new reality of your changing family dynamics. You need to consider the following:

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June 2020