The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Hello baby!

Parents can help older children welcome a new sibling to the family

When a new baby is on the way, it's an exciting time for parents. There's a nursery to decorate, diapers to buy and an infant seat to install in the car. But older siblings awaiting the arrival of a brother or sister don't always share their parents' enthusiasm. Kids sometimes feel a sense of displacement when attention turns to the new member of the family.

By including children in the preparations to welcome the baby, parents can help ease this time of transition and grow together in faith as a family, said Karen Freeman, who directs 60 preschoolers at San Marcos [Calif.] Lutheran Church Children's Center, a play-based morning program.

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