Set aside time to spend with each child individually, so they don't feel like they're competing for your attention ||Do not postpone your baby’s vaccines unless he is sick or feverish ||Whenever possible, don't get involved in your kids' clash. Step in only if there's a danger of physical harm. ||Use a firm mattress and avoid placing your baby on thick, fluffy padding that may interfere with breathing if your baby's face presses against it ||Reading aloud will help your baby be a better reader when she's older. ||Trim your baby’s nails weekly after a bath when the nails are softened ||Most newborns need eight to 12 feedings a day — about one feeding every two to three hours ||During the day, don't try to catch up on chores while the baby sleeps. Lie down and rest ||Proper weight gain is the sign that your baby is having enough milk. Not crying and not comparing with other kids ||If every feeding is painful or your baby isn't gaining weight, ask a lactation consultant or your baby's doctor for help ||
Sibling Rivalry - Why Does It Happen?

 

Sibling rivalry is a normal part of growing up, but it can drive parents crazy. The key to minimizing disputes at home is to know when to let your kids work out their problems themselves, and when to step in and stop the fighting.

The Cause of Sibling Conflicts

Kids aren't always the most rational of human beings -- especially younger children. For this reason, sometimes the smallest issues can turn into major battles and strain sibling relationships to the breaking point.

Here are a few reasons why siblings fight:

Attention. Children are always vying for their parents' attention. The busier parents are, and the more demands there are on their attention, the less they can focus on each child. One of the biggest parental attention drains is a baby. When all of the attention suddenly turns to the family's newest arrival, it can be hard for the other child (or children) to accept losing his or her previous position as the center of attention.

Special needs/sick kids. Sometimes, a child's special needs due to illness or learning/emotional issues may require more parental time. Other kids may pick up on this disparity and act out to get attention or out of fear of what's happening to the other child.

Sharing. Most homes don't have unlimited resources. That means all siblings will inevitably have to share at least some of their possessions. Giving up a toy or other favorite possession to a sibling can be especially hard on young children.

Individual temperaments. Your kids' individual temperaments — including mood, disposition, and adaptability — and their unique personalities play a large role in how well they get along. For example, if one child is laid back and another is easily rattled, they may often get into it.

Fairness issues. Children are like little lawyers, always demanding fairness and equality, and fighting for what they perceive are their natural-born rights. A younger sibling might complain that her older sister gets to go to a concert and she has to stay at home, while the older sister whines that she has to babysit for her little sister instead of going out with her friends. Feelings of unfair treatment and sibling jealousy can lead to resentment.

How to Handle Sibling Rivalry

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