When sibling rivalry hits

Siblings

One of the hardest things about having a second baby is trying to keep enough of yourself for your first born too. This is easy enough when the baby’s happy and things are going according to plan, but when the baby cries and needs cuddling or feeding, it always seems that the first born needs maximum attention too. This is… challenging.

The past four and a half months have seen our family dynamic go through a seismic shift. Relationships have changed between all four of us. This isn’t always a negative thing. In fact, there are far more positives to chart. Frog has found a new closeness with her dad that is lovely to see. Plus, as her baby sister grows she is forging a new bond with her too. But, recently, I’ve found parenting a four and a half year old new big sister particularly tricky.

I suppose it was always going to happen. The novelty of those early newborn days was bound to wear off eventually. The force and sudden BANG! of sibling rivalry has been a bit of a shock though. And, to make things even more confusing, it’s not happened in the way I always expected it would.  [Read More…]

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