Do you have a newborn baby AND older siblings at home?!?
I felt like this was one of the most difficult emotional pulls on my heart.
How was I going to give my baby girl the same about attention that I gave my son when he was an infant?
And how was I going to give my son the same amount of attention that he was used to when I had a newborn baby at home??
It is a balancing act.
I had to make a conscious effort to always give my son the a little extra attention. When guests came over to see my new baby girl, I asked them to greet my son first so he didn’t feel left out. I praised the heck out of him. Telling him what a GOOD BIG BROTHER he was. And when baby girl fell asleep, I would try my best to spend extra time with him playing. (The laundry could wait a little longer.)
And as for my newborn, I found that when my son napped, I was able to spend that extra hour cuddling her. And when my husband came home from work, we would switch off giving one-on-one attention to the kids.
It is NOT an easy task. And now that my kids are 3 years old and 1 year old, I STILL struggle with it. I actually find it easier to spend quality time with my 3 year old than my 1 year old because there are more activities we can do together.
I am wondering if this juggle is always difficult??
Do you have a difficult time showing both of your kids the same amount of attention??