As the birth of our second child seemed to be approaching faster than I was ready for, I found myself flooded with worry and fear about my children’s relationship. Would my daughter and son love each other? Would they have a strong relationship? How on earth would I help develop that in them? What is my role in shaping their friendship?
What we learn from interacting with our siblings shapes the kind of person we become. We learn about sharing, love, kindness, difficult times, disagreements and everything in between. These two will learn more from each other and their friendship than I could ever teach them. I believe how we as parents encourage their bond should be one of our highest priorities.
I had done all I could in preparing my toddler for the new baby, but I was unsure how to develop and foster love for their sibling relationship. We’re not very far into this endeavor, but I’ve learned a few really important things I’d like to pass on about nurturing the sibling relationship.
Photo credits to the always talented, Laura Vanderzee.
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