Top 5 Tips For Dealing With Sibling Jealousy
Tips for dealing with sibling jealousy
Have you heard of “Past-Life Regression?”
That’s when your child who has passed all of the appropriate milestones for his or her age suddenly reverts back to child-like behaviour that leaves you not only nonplussed but frustrated as well.
Past life regression in children often presents itself when one of the following incidents occurs:
- A new sibling or siblings enter the family
- A younger sibling requires more “hands-on” or special attention than the older child
- An older child feels particularly vulnerable or sensitive because of a particular life stage or event
Past life regression is part and parcel of being a parent of more than one child. If your children are twins or multiples, then it’s unlikely that you’ll experience this unless you have older children – who all of a sudden have to deal with not one younger sibling who is taking up so much of mom and dad’s time, but two or three. I speak from experience.
Bet you’ve never heard of this type of ‘past life regression‘
During the best of times, children vie for the attention of their parents. Whether it’s at the dinner table, at the supermarket or in the playground, kids want to be the “one and only” in their parents’ eyes. This is virtually impossible when there is more than one child to love and only one or two parents to go around. Therein lies the problem.
This situation is particularly compounded when there is a younger sibling or siblings that require more “hands-on” care. Although it may be evident to the adult present that the younger child needs to be tended to in a much more focused manner than the older sibling, try explaining that to the child who just sees mom or dad “paying more attention” to their younger brother or sister.
Past-Life Regression occurs when the older child starts to take on some of the traits of earlier childhood in order to be heard. These traits may include whining, crying, talking in a “baby voice,” acting out in public, temper tantrums or more. It’s fun for neither the parents nor the kids in this scenario. Everyone loses.
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Do you have any tips or strategies that work when dealing with “Past Life Regression” or general sibling rivalry? Please answer in the comments below!
Not exactly “Past Life Regression,” but definitely some sibling rivalry happening here:
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