How should we prepare our older children for their new baby brother or sister?
A new baby brings joys and challenges to a family. Parents are excited but they are also nervous about how their older children will react to the newborn. All sorts of questions come up: How should we tell our older children that they are going to have a baby brother or sister? Will they be jealous of the new baby? How can we help them get along?
Children of different ages will react differently to a new baby. Knowing what to expect from each age group will make it easier to handle the changes in your family. (Source: healthychildren.org)
- Preparing Your Child For a New Baby
- Preparing Your Child for a New Sibling
- New Baby Sibling: Helping Your Older Child (or Children) Adjust
Becoming a parent by blending families or marrying someone with kids can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience. If you've never had kids, you'll get the opportunity to share your life with a younger person and help to shape his or her character. If you have kids, you'll offer them more opportunities to build relationships and establish a special bond that only siblings can have. (Source: healthychildren.org)
- Becoming a Stepparent
- Advice for Stepparents
- Making Stepfamilies Work
- What Your Child Is Experiencing When You Remarry
- Blended Family: The 5 Secrets of Effective Stepparenting
Single parenthood can bring added pressure and stress to the job of raising children. With no one to share day-to-day responsibilities or decision-making, single parents must provide greater support for their children while they themselves may feel alone. We hope the following resources will help in reducing stress in your family.
Selecting child care is one of the most important decisions your family will ever make. Take the time to make the right choice—the first five years last forever.
- Finding Help To Pay For Child Care
- Choosing a Child Care Center
- Getting To Know a Babysitter
- Making Baby Drop Off at Child Care Easier
- Child Care for Older Children
- Military Families: Child Care Support During Deployment
Each year, many children join families through adoption and foster care. These families may face unique challenges. The acceptance of the differences between families formed through birth and those formed through adoption and foster care is essential in promoting positive emotional growth within the family.