BRING­ING UP BA­BIES

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - NEWS -

Broth­ers and sis­ters can help

En­cour­age older chil­dren to help when a new baby ar­rives. This will help them to form a bond with their sib­ling, and en­sure they don’t feel left out or de­void of at­ten­tion.

Make ev­ery child feel spe­cial

Make time for each child. Whether it’s help­ing a teen with their home­work or hav­ing an af­ter­noon for just mum and tod­dler, make ev­ery­one feel spe­cial.

Older kids need their own time

Re­mem­ber, they’re sib­lings not sit­ters. It can be easy to rely on older chil­dren to babysit, but they need to have their own free time so stick to a limit.

Make sure they have space

Give them space. We don’t all have the lux­ury of a large home with lots of spare rooms, but giv­ing each child their own ded­i­cated area can help.

Make it about to­geth­er­ness

En­cour­age group ac­tiv­i­ties. Do­ing things as a fam­ily will help older sib­lings to feel in­cluded – try watch­ing a film to­gether or play board games ev­ery Fri­day night.

Tara Ram­say: is hav­ing her fifth child

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