my 8-year-old gets jealous easily: how can i tell her i am pregnant?

My 8-Year-Old Gets Jealous Easily: How Can I Tell Her I Am Pregnant?

A mom writes in asking for advice on the best way to tell her 8-year-old daughter that she’s pregnant. According to the expectant mom, her daughter gets very jealous, very easily. Do you have any advice for this excited, but nervous mom?

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A member of the community asks:

“So just recently I found out I was pregnant. Yaaaaaay! I cannot even explain how extremely excited I am. However, my 8-year-old daughter won’t be as excited. We’ve hinted to her about having a sibling, but she straight up throws a tantrum and says, ‘No! Mom won’t love me anymore if there’s a new baby.’ This breaks my heart!

She gets jealous quite easy when I give attention to other kids, so just imagine how she’ll feel with the news of her being a big sis. How do we go about telling her? This is all so overwhelming.

– Mamas Uncut Community Member

Community Advice for This Mom Who Isn’t Quite Sure How to Tell Her Jealous Daughter She’s Pregnant

To see what advice the Mamas Uncut Facebook community has for this mom in need, read the comments of the post embedded below.

Advice Summary

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Many think it’s best if the mom keeps her daughter involved in the journey before the new baby arrives. One mom wrote, “I haven’t read other comments, but I would let her decorate and help pick out stuff for the baby room. It would be like a project for her and she would be really proud of it because she did it herself.”

Another person said, “Involve her all the time, let her go to doctor appointments, have her come during an ultrasound, etc.”

And one commenter added, “There [are] usually hospital classes called ‘sibling class.’ [It] also might help if you buy clothes together, include her in doctor appointments, [and] crafts like scrapbooking or picture frames. I’m due in January. These are things I’ve done with my 7-year-old. He really has come a long way. He was disappointed when we found out it was a girl but he’s ok with it now. I do suggest telling her soon so she has time to adjust and let her be upset, telling her how to feel will only cause her to be stubborn and not accept it.”

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