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Child jealousy, natural or not?

Child jealousy, natural or not?

Jealousy is a natural feeling that occurs in children as often and in the same way as in adults. This can be frustrating for both the toddler and the parents. The most common type of jealousy in children occurs between the brothers. How do you help the child cope with this feeling?

How is jealousy manifested in children?

Children manifest all kinds of jealousy, coming from different sources. They become jealous of the new friend of the mother, the newborn brother or an adopted child or step-brother. They feel all sorts of feelings and emotions - they feel ignored, neglected, sometimes unfaithful - and they look at any other child or thing that draws too much attention from their parents as a threat.

Jealousy entails a series of inappropriate behaviors, experts say:

  • some become aggressive (thus manifesting themselves against the one who steals the attention of the parent);

  • others become naughty (they especially do things that get their parents out of their minds, just to get their attention);

  • others are isolated and withdrawn;

  • others become unusually attached to the one who is jealous of them.

How do you deal with child jealousy?

Some children are more likely to be jealous than others and often overcome it in terms of compensatory things. In other words, what he receives instead from his parents for "not being jealous" - toys, money, etc. Wrong, say specialists! Distracting the child from his feelings by such methods does not solve the problem and can further deepen the child's frustrations!

Children should not be punished because they have feelings of jealousy. These are natural feelings experienced by any person. Rather, they should be taught to deal with such feelings and must be taught to control the impulses they have from situations in which they feel jealous.

There are also things that parents can do to alleviate jealousy or rivalry between siblings or between a child and a family member or someone else.

They should always avoid comparisons between the child and other children, be they brothers or other acquaintances.

It is advisable to avoid spending more time with one brother than with another.

It is also important to find time for special moments, in which to spend time alone with the child, in which he feels that he is also involved and in the center of the parent's attention. This time spent with the little boy strengthens the relationship between you and helps you - if necessary - to adapt more easily to the brother's coming into the world.

Talk to your little one and ask him what are the things that upset him. Use simple and objective terms to make it easier for them to express themselves. He did not ask him "what makes you jealous", but replaced the term jealousy with a word more familiar to him as "angry, angry, sad".

Communicate with him about what you do when you are not with him and do not give him the necessary attention. For example, when the family grows up with a sibling, it is important to prepare for the baby's arrival in the world before birth. Explain that babies need special care and make sure you love them as much as babies. It is important to repeat this and that you do not differentiate between them.

Give him constant affection and continuous encouragement. Children often become jealous when they feel deprived of their parents' attention, love and affection. If you tell him and show him daily how much you love him, you will avoid such situations.

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