Siblings: something that every parent thinks of the moment they have their first child. Whether you have planned a big family from day one or get inspired to expand once you realize how fun and fulfilling one child can be, adding to the family is a big step that can be incredible for more than just the parents.
Siblings will absolutely have their "moments". Whether it's a physical fight in their teenage years or a yelling match between who gets to wear those new sunglasses first, siblings will still always have an unbreakable bond in some way or another.
Read below as we have listed 10 reasons why giving your child a sibling can be absolutely wonderful. There's truly nothing like it. If you really want to stick to only raising the one child you now have, we recommend you stop reading now! Your mind may change by the end of this article...
10 TEACHING THEM TO SHARE
Sharing is caring. And this is something that you will be repeating daily (if not hourly) once you bring another child into the picture. Whether you are directly showing the children to share together or in other social settings, the two (or more) of them will surely have their moments of learning a lesson or two about sharing toys and items.
Giving your child a sibling will be a welcome opportunity to show each other how to share. Moments that you, the parent, will be unable to offer.
9 HELPING WITH DEVELOPMENTAL LEAPS
There are many things that siblings can teach each other just as this article shows us. But generally speaking, there is pure magic in allowing your children to show each other how to pick up after one another, to use a fork and spoon, or to even write their own name.
After all, the older child will absolutely be looked up to from the younger one. This dynamic will likely never change, so encourage the older sibling to help with developmental leaps that you are all to surely discover.
8 SEEING THE MOMENTS THEY JOYFULLY PLAY
Yes, siblings will surely argue from time to time. But, those moments where they are joyfully playing with one another outweigh the bad times- for sure. Children find fun in the most simple ways. It's absolutely beautiful to watch your children play well and happily together. There's absolutely nothing so rewarding than that.
7 KNOWING THEY’LL HAVE A FOREVER BEST FRIEND
Whether your children grow up well together or not, in adulthood it is likely that they will have one another to turn to when times get rough. In the rare situations where siblings become distant, there may be times where life's situations force them to come together because of their unique bond.
No matter what, siblings will always have a connection that no other people have. They share family, parent(s), and experiences. They are lucky to have such a unique relationship, as no two are alike.
6 TEACHING RESPONSIBILITY
Just as they are able to teach their sibling how to write and draw, the older child can also share what their parents expect of them as they grow. For example: doing the dishes, wiping the seat after they use the washroom or folding their own laundry.
Age permitting, the older child can teach their younger sibling how to pick up after themselves and be a responsible kid. When you (the parent) see your child copy their older sibling's responsible behavior, you will feel pride like never before.
5 EXPERIENCING HOW YOUR HEART CAN TRULY EXPAND
When you have your first child, you experience a love you've never experienced in your whole entire life. We know: this sentence is so cliche, yet so true! Even when you consider expanding your family you can barely fathom the ability to love another human just as much. But, when you do, your eyes will open to a whole new realm of love. This, my friends, is pure magic.
4 SOLIDIFYING A BEDTIME ROUTINE
When you have another child, you are able to divide the bedtime routine between your partner and yourself. Even if you are a single parent, at times it can be easier to solidify a bed-time routine due to the pressure of adding another person to the mix.
Ensure you have the nighttime routine down. Babies and children thrive off of schedules and it's important to stick with them each and every night.
3 BALANCING TIME
There is absolute magic in balancing your time between each child. We know, when you think of this, your heart nearly breaks - considering the amount of energy and time that you've been able to give to your first child. But, it's an incredible lesson to teach your children: that they won't be able to be at the center of attention their whole entire life. This sets them up for the reality of the world while they grow in it. It's ok if you need to set aside specific time of each of your children.
2 SEEING HOW DIFFERENT YOUR CHILDREN CAN BE
Isn't it wild to see how different, physically, emotionally and mentally each of your children can be? How much one looks like a family member, while the other picks up traits from a cousin they barely know? Whether your child is adopted or fostered, from different parents or naturally from the same set, it is not rare that personalities resonate between each child differently. This is truly magic. Seeing their differing qualities and traits is incredibly fascinating and simply wild
1 KNOWING THEY’LL BE EACH OTHER’S SAFETY
Especially when the school years approach and they are attending the same one, knowing that they have each other for any type of protection and comfort is incredibly rewarding. You have given your child a little buddy; one that they can rely on when they need to, one that they can ask advice when need be. Being able to give your child a sibling provides them a safety that they wouldn't be able to achieve otherwise. It's truly magical knowing that they will have each other, one way or another, in each other's lives forever.