Bridge The Age Gap Between Your Children
One is preparing for high school, while Disney music is playing in the background to keep a pre-schooler engrossed. Does the situation sound familiar to you? A lot of children have siblings who are way younger than they are. And the age gap can be a tricky thing to navigate. Being parents to children who share a huge gap between them can be challenging; because it is you who often have to strategize their bonding. If you’re looking to strengthen the relationship between your children who are not from the same age group, we have great tips for you...
Prepare The Older
Most couples worry about having the soon-to-be-elder child in the hospital for the arrival of the bundle of joy but keep in mind that it will be a great thing for your older child to welcome the birth of their sibling. Let them experience the miracle of birth. Prepare them for the moment. Make the older ones ready before the arrival of the younger ones, especially after spending some time as a single child. Also, let your elder child be part of deciding the name for the newborn. They can come up with some fancy names suitable for the infant.
Involve The Siblings
Take them along to each other’s events. They will learn about each other, support each other, and help each other to grow. Let them be present at school events or any other events. Never ignore or prioritise either one; that will create a fissure in their bonding.
Create Special Moments
Arrange some indoor or outdoor events for just the two of them. This will help in creating better communication. As one is way older than the other, they might have different lifestyles, so help them get along with each other to enjoy each other’s company, and moments made solely for them.
Let Them Be Friends And Confidantes
If the younger one is stuck with bushy hair, let the older one groom and style the younger’s hair. The older one should be a step ahead while advising the younger sibling but without any teacher-student relationship. It should be light-hearted, so both of them develop a bond with each other. Once the older one moves for educational or professional reasons, take the younger one to visit them. Never let the gap grow in their bond.
Having an older sibling is one of the blessings in life. An older sibling can be a best friend and guide to the younger, with a little help from you.
Also Read: How To Deal With Sibling Rivalry Among Your Kids