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A Day in the Life of a SAHM: Jealousy

adaysahmjealousy.jpgMy son has recently started becoming jealous of his 7-month-old sister. My husband and I were prepared for this when our daughter was born, but are surprised to see this jealousy pop up now.

We have tried what seems like everything in the book. We’ve tried extra one-on-one time with him. And, since part of his jealousy involves poking and/or prodding his sister, we’ve done time-outs and we’ve reinforced good behavior so he doesn’t try to get attention with bad behavior. Now, at this point we’ve run out of ideas.

I’ve pretty much resigned myself to the fact that this is a stage and is one we’re just going to have to ride out. What I’ve been doing lately is distracting him whenever I catch him picking on his sister. This gets him to stop for the time being and he becomes involved in another activity.

Still, there are some days where I near the end of my patience with him grabbing and poking his sister. Maybe this is just a preview for future bickering between them and I’ll be at the end of my rope then too. Maybe I’m just being pushed to test my patience because I’m going to need plenty for this type of thing in the future!

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