Family Therapist Joe Rich chats with Marilyn Denis about ways to ease the transition of a new baby into a family.
Joe suggests to reveal the pregnancy to children before someone else tells them but not too soon that they’re asking for 7 months, “will I have a new sister tomorrow?”
With teens, it’s less sensitive although after the birth you may notice changes in their behaviour.
Be an expert on your own child: take notes before the baby is born so you have proof of any changes post-pregnancy. It’s an easy, quick thing to do to help keep things in check.
If children are old enough, check in with them about their feelings. And, remember, Joe says children are resilient. Fear of telling your child about their new sibling can be the biggest mistake you make as an expecting parent.