Episode 36: When Your Child is Feeling Left Out with Rashmi G.
EPISODE 36 THE PARENTING MENTOR: When Your Child is Feeling Left Out with Rashmi G.
Rashmi has a 5-month-old son and a 7-year-old daughter, Maya. She’d like some advice to help her daughter navigate the mixed feelings she’s having about her new sibling. She’s also looking for ways to be more patient with her daughter and give her some relaxed one-on-one time.
Today, we talk about what Rashmi can do about the situation. I note that her daughter shouldn’t feel like she needs to help out with the baby if she doesn’t want to. We talk about why it’s okay for Maya to feel however she feels about her brother and still love him. We discuss how Rashmi can prepare for in-the-moment tension beforehand, and we talk over how she can explain to Maya when’s a good time to cuddle with the baby. We also talk about the necessity of one-on-one time.
“She should be allowed to feel that he’s annoying and frustrating, whatever it is, and know that she can still love him.”
- Sue Groner
This week on The Parenting Mentor:
- Why it’s okay for your child to feel that their baby sibling is annoying
- Teaching your child how to tell when it’s a good or bad time
- The necessity of one-on-one time
- Why one-on-one time doesn’t need to be long--it just needs to be regular
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