Isabella has a terrible problem with sharing. Everything is hers and she gets very upset when her toys are disturbed, moved, or she thinks someone is looking at them. Even our poor cat has been accused of trying to take her dolls. Some how I doubt the cat had a secret desire to steal her baby and hide it from her, but that's exactly what Isabella thinks.
I'm a little concerned how she will adjust to a new baby. She still loves her blankies and I'm hoping that when the baby comes she's not going to steal it's blankets or whatever she's decided is her's. She's had a little interaction with babies and everytime she's been around one she's instantly in love and wants to touch them and talk to them. But once she realizes the baby is staying with us I'm hoping she still likes the idea. Any advice on this?
No advice, just sympathy! Ethan has been the same way lately. He keeps taking toys away from his baby sister too! It's driving us crazy! Funny thing is, he'll share all his food, just not his toys!
Mummy to Lily (Nov 07), Josie (June 09) and Emily (June 11)
Miles is in the mine stage too. He does still share, but his answer is always, "that's minnnnee". I've been a little concerned with this LO coming so soon, but I've been trying to tell him that when his little sister comes we have to teach her how to share because she won't know....things like that.
I'm in a parenting class and the teacher keeps reassuring me that this is totally normal 2 year old behavior. They are just learning about ownership and it takes them a little time.
One thing to keep in mind is that the newborn won't care for at least 6 months or so about ownership or having things taken away, so hopefully that will give us time to teach them about sharing.
I definitely think that it's a great idea to emphasize to the older sibling that she can teach the baby things.
I think Corinna will be good with her younger sister, but I'm sure we will have some jealousy issues. I'm going to encourage her Dad to take a class with her so that they can have some special time together.
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*** new baby due mid December 2011 ***
*** Corinna born 6/27/09 ***
*** Married since 7/24/99 ***