‘My daughter was 7 years old when my son was born, she became very quite and upset after that. Maybe because i was unable to give her attention and time. I am very worried about my daughter. What can I do to cheer her up?’
Sibling rivalry is something which can be witnessed in many families, it is something which is unavoidable. After the birth of a brother or a sister, the elder sibling feels he/she will slowly lose the love and attention of his/her parents and that now their center of attraction will be their younger sibling.
There are lots of things parents can do to help their kids get along better and work through conflicts in positive ways. Here are a few tips for parents.
Here are some tips to get along with your child
- Don’t play favorites- It is your responsibility to guard against favoritism in the household for the health of all of your children. It is important that you appreciate each child, stay neutral when siblings disagree, and encourage them to love each other.
- Try to take out time for him/her– No matter how old is your child try to take out time for them. You can spend time with them by involving yourself in their favorite activities. This way you will be able to connect with them better.
- Make them feel important- In your free time you can sit with your children and revive some old memories by showing them their old pictures and videos, this way he/she will feel their importance in their family.
- Don’t compare your kids – Accept them the way they are. Comparing only leads to conflicts. Make your child realize his/ her own potentials and help him/her realize that they are unique in their own way.
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