Provides a guide to the problems and rewards of raising two or more children, explaining how to cope with sibling rivalry, competing demands, and quarrels, and the resulting stress and guilt
Loving Each One Best is far from the typical child care manual that provides a prescriptive list of "musts" and "shoulds." Instead, this supportive and practical resource addresses your feelings as well as your children's. It offers meaningful insights that will help you feel less isolated and more appreciated, less guilty and more competent. By helping you take some of the pressure off yourself, Nancy Samalin shows how you can better cope with the mishaps, frustrations, and worries of parenting two or more. She helps you create a household where there's more laughter and fun, less tension and fewer fights.So when your two-year-old is begging you to take the new baby back to the hospital, when your six-year-old is hysterical because he can't find his favorite shirt and you're already late for work, or when your nine-year-old announces - just as the school bus is pulling up - that she has misplaced her math homework, turn to the wisdom of Loving Each One Best.Don't miss: ten ways to relieve your stress...guaranteed to diminish the demands that are wearing you out; best advice for preparing your child for the arrival of the new baby before the baby comes, when Mommy's in the hospital, and after the baby comes home; ways to help dads become more equal parenting partners; approaches that work to curtail fighting, bickering, and name-calling; avoiding the "fairness trap," handling complaints that "it's not fair!"; what to do when you feel like exploding; making your expectations more realistic to diminish guilt and disappointment; plus interviews with real siblings that reveal surprising insights about what kids think of having brothers and sisters...and dozens of strategies, suggestions, and empowering tactics that can help you be the best parent you can be.