Talking to the younger child
Now that my 3 year old daughter has a little brother, she has gone from the center of our universe to being one of two well-loved monkeys. She's not loving that (although she happily adores her brother). Now she is very well-behaved when we are one on one, but whenever he is around, she misbehaves to get our attention, even when we have just spent a bunch of time just with her. Even though she used to play well on her own, now if she sees that we are trying to talk to her brother (8 months), she jumps on us and talks over us in a steady stream. I am worried that he is not going to hear language enough to learn to talk. He only seems to understand a few words (mama, dada, and stars), and only says mama. He also hasn't yet turned over back to front (although he stays in a sitting position well if put there) but that is a separate issue. I try to give them both some one-on-one time, but what happens is that I give her one-on-one time and then when it is his turn, she acts up the whole time. Does anyone have ideas about how to spend some quality time with the younger one? I reassure my daughter all the time and give her lots of cuddling. I put her in her room for certain things that she does and am firm with her when she misbehaves. I feel bad that she is feeling left out sometimes, but want to be able to spend time with him as well.