What about Me? 5 Tips for Introducing Stepchildren to a New Baby
Every child, no matter how excited or well-prepared for the arrival of a new sibling, experiences some degree of concern, jealousy, anxiety, or insecurity about the prospect of having a baby to share Mom’s and Dad’s affection. For stepchildren, however, those emotions are amplified tenfold, especially when they see the expectant parent only for visitation instead of daily. Will my dad love the new baby more than me because the baby lives with him and I don’t? Will my stepmom still love me when she has a baby of her own? Will they pay any attention to me when I go there for the weekends?
Every stepfamily’s situation is different, and the degree of difficulty of the transition will vary based on the child’s age, living arrangements, and many other factors. But there are some basic things any family can do to prepare stepchildren for the arrival of a new sibling and make the transition a little easier.
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