Coping with a younger sibling's "homework jealousy"
Ah, that adorable, inexorable toddler desire to "be a big kid." Here's how Dr. Efrat Schorr handled it with respect to an older sibling going to school:
My 2 1/2 year old daughter is terribly jealous of her older brother, a newly minted first grader, and his backpack full of shiny new school supplies. She also seems to come undone when he is doing his homework, with all of those precious objects plus parental attention!
I have gotten her a backpack and pencil case with some coloring books, ABC workbooks, and old work pages so that she can do her "homework" while my son does his.
Ahh, if only the ones who had to do homework wanted to do it too!!
When I read this hack, I had a totally involuntary wistful sigh. Like when school-age kids wish they were grown up because "it's so much easier to be an adult." OH, KID. SIGH.
Okay. Back to practicalities! This is a wonderful way to acknowledge how a toddler feels and build up his excitement about school and learning.
Who else has a toddler who envies his siblings' schoolkid status? What have you done about it?