We’ve tried to approach the new addition to the family as not ANOTHER child but a best friend for our (almost) 8 year old. By doing it this way, she doesn’t feel like she’s about to be replaced but feels excited because she’s gaining a best friend, a sibling, someone who will (hopefully) want to play all the time. It’s cute and I’m excited to see our oldest transition into big sister.

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One of the most important things in helping your child grow is including them in your daily activities. By doing this not only do they learn what in important part they play in your life, but they also learn skills that help them become more and more independent. I will ask my daughter from time to time if she would like to help make dinner. Usually she says no, that she would rather watch TV. After a little prodding however, she begrudgingly makes her way into the kitchen and begins to help with the tasks. After a little while she is having such a great time helping out, and being such a big part of the process. She loves getting out all the utensils and putting them around the table, setting our places. She enjoys mixing items together for the recipe and is just starting to learn how to measure out each ingredient. Though most of the cooking on the hot stove is reserved for mom and dad, we still huddle around the food as it’s being cooked and together we stir the dinner around the pot.

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