How can I ex­plain to my 4-year-old daugh­ter, who will soon have a lit­tle sis­ter, that her par­ents are ca­pa­ble of shar­ing their love be­tween both of them?

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Caro­line Khanafer, clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist. Ex­plain that when the baby ar­rives, she won’t know how to do any­thing on her own and that she’ll need you to feed her and change her, etc. She’ll take up lots of space, but that will be nor­mal. Yet make it clear that the baby won’t take her place and that your love can­not be di­vided. In­stead, it’ll just grow big­ger. To il­lus­trate this, draw a heart with her and fill it up with all the names of the peo­ple that you love. Then say: “Oh dear, there’s not enough room for all of them! What shall we do? Shall we take your name out? No, look, we can make the heart big­ger!” If she doesn’t ask any other ques­tions dur­ing your preg­nancy, don’t say any­thing more. Don’t for­get that you can­not ask her to love a baby that hasn’t been born yet.

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