5 Tips and Tricks to Deal With Two Little Munchkins
Guest Contributor, Our Friends at www.tinystep.in
It’s no easy task managing children. They need a lot of care and attention, and they’re not afraid to ask for it. Managing one child is a challenge in itself, so it’s understandable that the thought of having to deal with two might be daunting for many of us; double the workload, double the energy required, double the attention given. But, like most things in this world, there are upsides and downsides to having two kids, and it’s important to keep these in mind when you think about raising two kids.
Here are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind when dealing with two children:
1. Hear ye! Hear ye!:
When it comes to taking care of the needs of multiple little kids, the principle you need to follow is to attend to the greater needs first. For example, one kid just pooped in his diaper which is now on the verge of explosion and the other one has fallen down and proceeded to bawl her eyes out. The most sensible solution would be to ignore the dirty diaper for the time being and tend to the injury first.
2. The One Where You “Trick” Your Baby:
Another helpful trick is to try to keep one kid busy if you’re going to have to focus on the other one for a while. Example – when you need to feed one child, give the other one some toys or a game or put on a TV show to keep them busy while you feed your other child.
3. Santa’s Little Helper:
It’s important to remember that you shouldn’t force your older child to like his/her younger sibling. Often, the older ones get jealous when there’s a new addition to the family because they know that it means that they’ll receive less attention from you. When your child shows dislike towards their sibling, try to comfort them rather than telling them that they must like him/her. Try to get your older child involved in helping out with the care of their younger sibling – this will make them feel helpful and needed.
4. Born Besties:
Sometimes, you can take a back seat as your kids start to bond. Sometimes, it becomes easier to have two kids. They satisfy each other’s need for a playmate and friend, and it gives you time to rest and spend with your spouse without constantly having one eye on your kids. Though they may fight, siblings tend to find a great amount of comfort in each other. They’re born besties. They look out for each other, may even synchronize with each other’s schedules, and keep each other entertained when bored.
5. Time Management:
Ha! This one follows you everywhere, doesn’t it? You may think “I’ve got this down” or “I’ve been failing at this since I was in school!” Well, I’m here to say that it never hurts to try anyway. Make a schedule for each day your kids to follow and try your best to ensure that they stick to it. This can help ensure that nap time and feeding time for both children coincide. What’s in it for you? Well, imagine how much peace and quiet there’ll be if both your kids are asleep at the same time? If your kids adapt to those timings it could simplify your life a whole lot.
Having two kids can be quite a blessing if you’re open to thinking of it that way! You now have two shiny stars in your life instead of one. It’ll also prevent your child from getting lonely. Even better, it will teach him/her from a young age what it means to share, adapt, and compromise.
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