Pink has shared her concerns on the difficulty in raising more than one child.
The much loved singer spoke to Ellen DeGeneres recently about the fact 5 year old daughter Willow is jealous of her new 5 week old baby brother Jameson. She said: “He’s delicious. I literally put Jameson down when she walks in the room. Willow is a little weepy these days so we’re working it out.”
The mum of two is worried her daughter may be feeling a little left out so she even organised a big sister party for her last week in an attempt to make her feel included. The 37 year old singer uploaded a picture of a smiling Willow with the caption: “Congrats Big Sis! #bigsisterparty.” (see photo above)
Speaking about having a second child before the birth, Pink had said: “Willow is over the moon. She’s been talking about how she wants a baby sister. She built a bicycle for him or her. So we’re going to finish it up after No. 2 shows up. She tore the bike all apart and after No. 2 shows up, she’s going to decide the colours that she wants to do for it. I told her, ‘Look, he or she is not going to be able to use it for a while – but they’ll be ready for it’ … Right now, she’s very excited, until they start taking her toys and breaking her stuff, and then we’ll see how it goes.”
The feeling of jealousy is vey common in children who have been used to being the centre of attention for so long. Suddenly another child is thrown into the mix and feelings of being left out and not feeling special anymore start to arise. Research has shown that all this is a completely normal time of adjustment for families. The fact that Pink held a party for her daughter is an excellent way to help with her jealous feelings. Trying to make sure you have one on one time can be a little tricky with a new born but even simple things like keeping rituals going like bedtime stories can mean the world to the older child.
Did you experience any negative feelings or jealousy from your older children when you had another child? Any tips on how to deal with it?