Sibling Rivalry - Tips
to help your toddler prepare and adjust to the
By Kristen Colello-Learnard
If you are pregnant, have a new
baby or have more than one child at home, chances
are that you will face some sibling rivalry. Sibling
rivalry is a normal part of every day family living.
In fact, it is not only normal and natural, but
inevitable. Any time there are two individuals
with unique personalities, whether they are adults
or children, there is the potential for conflict.
Why does sibling rivalry occur?
Sibling rivalry occurs because each child wants
undivided attention and love from Mom and Dad.
Parents who foster a degree of fondness and a
friendly connection between children are more
likely to raise children who will be friendly
toward one another. Before the baby arrives, toddlers
(ages 3-5) need to feel secure in their relationship
with their parents for a smooth transition. Set
reasonable limits for your child and then follow
through with consistency.
toddlers thrive when routines are
incorporated into their daily schedule. While
most of your child's day should consist of creative
play, you should try to incorporate 20 minutes
of reading time and a few hugs and a kiss or two
into your child's schedule. Limit quality educational
television to no more than two hours a day.
If your toddler's behavior is extremely
challenging you may find it helpful to attend
a parenting class.
Suggestions for preparing your toddler
for the new baby: