How to Teach Children Not to Be Jealous of One Another: 7 Steps
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Do your children seem jealous of each other?


When your little one sees you holding a new baby, the fires of jealousy can burn bright. Do you have a child who seems jealous of her new baby brother or sister? Do your toddlers or preschoolers often fight over your attention? A little sibling rivalry may be normal, but there are ways to teach your children to let all of the jealous feelings go. This way, you can see your little ones smiling, laughing and playing nicely together, instead of pulling out each other's hair.

Steps

  1. 1
    Help your child by demonstrating how she should treat a new baby. Start by getting out a baby doll and a small blanket.
  2. 2
    Tell your child, "Aww, the baby needs to have a nap now," and ask your little one to wrap her baby in the blanket.
  3. 3
    Move your child's arms back and forth gently, and tell her, "This is how we hold and rock the baby." Explain that her hands and movements must be gentle.
  4. 4
    Give the baby doll a kiss on the head very gently, and your little one will do the same.
  5. 5
    Get out a few puppets, which will represent your child, yourself and any siblings.
  6. 6
    Act out a scene where one of the puppets acts jealous of the other, then ask your children, "Oh no! Does this look like the right way to behave?" Allow your little ones to answer before moving on.
  7. 7
    Ask your children, "How should the children act toward their brother or sister?" Let your children take turns with the puppets, acting out how they should work together better and treat each other in a loving way.

Things You'll Need

  • Demonstrate

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Categories: Education and Communications

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