One question I get asked a lot is if any of my children are jealous of the new baby. I can honestly say I have never had this happen. I have never had a child ask me to send back a younger sibling or act like they hate the new baby. Which makes me curious…why is this?
Well, because I’m pretty sure this whole jealously thing is a lot of nonsense.
Before I end up with scads of email telling me I’m all sorts of wrong about this, hear me out. If at the end of this post you still believe I’m wrong, feel free to let me know.
Sibling jealousy is often nurtured.
Sometimes it comes from mom and dad, sometimes a well-meaning grandparent, sometimes from Joe Schmoe down the street…someone says something that seems harmless and the little kid wheels start turning. For instance, Grandma tells little Timmy that when his new baby sister is born he might feel like he’s not getting any attention, but his parents really do love him.