Raising Multiple Children: The Facts And Tips
Kids playing the piano together
Raising kids is never easy. Especially when you do not have any helpers or nannies around. Before the 1st kid came you wonder how you will be able to cope.2 kids later nothing new and challanging about kids faze me.
The best advice that I can give is to keep a positive mindset and outlook on how you are going through the daily rigours. With experience looking after more then one kid becomes easier and less stressful on you.
Here are some tips which you may find useful for you.
#1- Get the elder kid involved in your daily household routine.
Household chores like taking out the laundry, helping mummy take a clean diaper, throwing the soiled clothes into the laundy basket can be undertaken by a child as young as 1yr old. Both my boys have been taught since they were 1yr old to help out in the house. It also makes doing the daily chore routine more fun and relaxing.
#2- Be prepared for sudden changes in routines.
The baby may not want to fall asleep after his feed and you may have to constantly carry or walk him around the house while schooling your older kid. It is always handy to have these various contractions in the house. I do not believe that one should be a sticker for absolute routine as it will only lead fustrations for both the parent and the child.
- playpen/playard ( which can be brought easily into the room that you are in )
- Sling/ baby carrier ( for outing or carrying the baby while you need to vacumn/sweep the floor)
- Baby rocker/ swing ( to keep the baby occupied when you are busy)
#3 Important to spend 1-to-1 time with each child.
Even though it may seem that the baby needs more attention then his/her elder sibling you still need to allocated some individual time and attention with the elder sibling to mimise him feeling jealous or left out.