Do you have questions about siblings?

Do you have an only child? Do you have an odd number of kids that are always fighting? I don’t know how my grandparents did it with eleven children, but my six can sometimes make me crazy. Other times, you would never know the house is full of kids!

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Here is a baker’s dozen of questions and answers provided by experts that parents had about sibling issues.

Q: How can I get my 2-year-old to stop driving her brother nuts?
A: You’re already protecting your son just by recognizing the torment his little sister is causing, and acknowledging that their s…read more
Q: How can my older child help with the new baby?
A: An older sibling will have plenty of opportunities to get involved and help you with the baby, but you have to think small. A t…read more
Q: How can my two older children help with the new baby?
A: It sounds as though you have your hands full with two older children and a baby, and we can certainly understand your wish to h…read more
Q: How do I get my older child to help his younger sister?
A: The best way to teach children is by example. When you help others, you also teach your children how to help others. Whenever y…read more
Q: How long should I wait before conceiving again after a c-section?
A: As a general rule, you should probably hold off on trying to conceive again for 18 to 23 months — about the same waiting…read more
Q: I’m 41, with my fourth child. Could my age affect the quality or quantity of my breast milk?
A: It is frustrating when someone makes you question the quality or quantity of your milk supply! Many three-month-olds wake up se…read more
Q: Is it normal to resent my stepchildren during pregnancy?
A: Yes, you’re experiencing an entirely normal “nesting” response to your long-awaited pregnancy. Nesting is a process in which th…read more
Q: Is it safe to breastfeed during pregnancy?
A: Absolutely! There’s no reason to not continue breastfeeding while you’re pregnant if you want to do so. Many mothers not only c…read more
Q: My wife wants another child, but I’m not sure I’m ready. What should I do?
A: Unfortunately, there’s no easy answer to this problem. But here are some factors to consider and discuss with your wife: Time…read more
Q: What are the pros and cons of siblings, even twins, sharing a room?
A: Whether your children will be good roommates depends in large part on their ages and temperaments. While a preschooler or grade…read more
Q: What can I do about my 2-year-olds’ constant quarrelling?
A: Conventional wisdom would have us believe that two kids aren’t that much more trouble than one. I wonder who came up with that…read more
Q: What should we do if one of our twins cries while the other is sleeping?
A: Don’t worry about it. It will probably bother you more than the sleeping baby. Twins accommodate each other’s behavior patterns…read more
Q: What’s the ideal spacing between children?
A: A study in the February 25,1999, New England Journal of Medicine reported a higher incidence of low birthweight and prematurity…read more

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