difficult child is getting a little brother or sister...

Discussion in 'General Parenting' started by forkeeps251, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. forkeeps251

    forkeeps251 Member

    Any suggestions on what I can do to ease difficult child into being a big brother for the first time? He will be 8 by the time the baby gets here. His current diagnosis is speech delayed, ADHD, anxiety disorder, and depression, and we were told to monitor for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). He has BIG impulse control issues. His medication (Focalin XR and prozac) seem to help him a lot. He is very excited about the baby (right now!) but I can see all that changing once reality hits. Any suggestions??
  2. DDD

    DDD Well-Known Member

    Congrats! My only suggestion is not to do or say too much. As it gets closer to time for the arrival there will be, of course, changes going on in your home and it will be obvious that the reality is just around the corner. Meanwhile I'd just let him enjoy being the baby of the family and not worrying about "sharing" you before he has to. Hugs DDD
  3. LittleDudesMom

    LittleDudesMom Well-Known Member Staff Member

    I with DDD's advice - and also, congrats.

  4. tiredmommy

    tiredmommy Well-Known Member

    You may wish to enroll difficult child in an older sibling class at your local hospital as delivery gets closer. Maybe have a few little gifts on hand to share when the baby comes home: "world's greatest big brother" t-shirt, a special toy. Then, do your uttermost to put aside an hour or two of dedicated difficult child time every week.
  5. Renea

    Renea Member

    TiredMommy gave a great suggestion with the older sibling class. I don't have any advice but wanted to offer congrats!