This is such a busy time for parents everywhere. Some kids have already started school and some are in the process of just starting. Getting the schedule adjusted, thinking about lunches, school clothes, school supplies. These things can keep someone busy.
The one thing we may not think about is the transitioning on a little one. They are used to having brother or sister around all day. Sure they may fight all day long but in reality they are going to miss them when they are gone. This can be a really scary time for them.
What can we do to make them understand?
It is simple!
Let them know what is going on. Little ones understand more then we give them credit for sometimes. Let them know that brother/sister is going to school to learn. Also let them know that they are coming home.
Let them be a part of it. Take them to the siblings school so they can see where they are during the day.
Take them shopping with you. Let them be a part of the process. I know sometimes it is easier to leave them at home while shopping for clothes and supplies. I think if you take them with you, they will feel more a part of what is going on. When the budget allows let them pick out some art supplies or something they can use while the sibling is away.
Spend extra time with them. Play a game or do a craft. Set aside a special time for each other that the little one will look forward to each day.
Look at pictures. Look at old photo albums and talk about the sibling that they are missing.
Make the sibling a craft. Have them make the sibling something special while they are at school.
It is the little things that count. Even 30 minutes of your day can really make a difference when little ones are missing their siblings.
Moms, Dads, Grandma, Aunts and Friends- How would you help the little ones not miss their sibling so much?