1. When Your Child is Feeling Left Out with Rashmi G. Sue Groner 19:22

Rashmi has a 5-month-old son and a 7-year-old daughter, Maya. She’d like some advice to help her daughter navigate the mixed feelings she’s having about her new sibling. She’s also looking for ways to be more patient with her daughter and give her some relaxed one-on-one time.

Today, we talk about what Rashmi can do about the situation. I note that her daughter shouldn’t feel like she needs to help out with the baby if she doesn’t want to. We talk about why it’s okay for Maya to feel however she feels about her brother and still love him. We discuss how Rashmi can prepare for in-the-moment tension beforehand, and we talk over how she can explain to Maya when’s a good time to cuddle with the baby. We also talk about the necessity of one-on-one time.

“She should be allowed to feel that he’s annoying and frustrating, whatever it is, and know that she can still love him.”

– Sue Groner

This week on The Parenting Mentor:

  • Why it’s okay for your child to feel that their baby sibling is annoying
  • Teaching your child how to tell when it’s a good or bad time
  • The necessity of one-on-one time
  • Why one-on-one time doesn’t need to be long–it just needs to be regular

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Susan G. Groner Founder of The Parenting Mentor, Author, Podcaster

As an experienced mother of 2 young adults, Sue Groner knows how stressful and overwhelming parenting can be at times. She founded The Parenting Mentor to provide an ally for parents in their quest to raise confident and resilient children. Sue is the author of Parenting with Sanity and Joy. 101 Simple Strategies, is the host of The Parenting Mentor Sessions Podcast, and is a certified Positive Discipline parent educator.

Sue is also the creator of the CLEARR method of parenting, developed through years of trial (and her fair share of errors!) with her own family. CLEARR adheres to the belief that parenting strategies should be grounded in six important pillars: Communication, Love, Empathy, Awareness, Rules, and Respect. This has become the cornerstone of her practice as The Parenting Mentor.

A graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a former advertising executive, Sue is a frequent guest expert on ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox to name a few, and provides advice for many national publications and websites such as The Wall Street Journal, Parents, Real Simple, Today.com, HuffPost, and Katie Couric Media. Sue resides in New York City and Bedford, NY with her husband, and when she’s lucky, with her children. She is available for private and group mentorship sessions(in-person or virtual) nationwide for individuals and corporations.