- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 24, 2004

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BOOKS FOR ADULTS —

• “AND BABY MAKES FOUR: WELCOMING A SECOND CHILD INTO THE FAMILY,” BY HILORY WAGNER, HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS, 1998. THIS BOOK OFFERS TIPS FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY, INCLUDING A FIRSTBORN CHILD, ON HOW TO PREPARE FOR A BABY. IT ALSO PROVIDES ACTIVITIES TO SHARE WITH YOUR OLDER CHILD DURING THE LAST FEW WEEKS OF PREGNANCY, TIPS FOR HELPING EVERY MEMBER OF THE FAMILY ASSUME HIS OR HER NEW ROLE IN THE LARGER FAMILY, AND A MINI SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR UNDERSTANDING AND DEFUSING SIBLING JEALOUSY AND RIVALRY.

• “TWICE BLESSED: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HAVING A SECOND CHILD — PREPARING YOURSELF, YOUR MARRIAGE, AND YOUR FIRSTBORN FOR A NEW FAMILY OF FOUR,” BY JOAN LEONARD, ST. MARTIN’S PRESS, 2000. THIS BOOK GIVES IDEAS ON HOW TO INCLUDE THE OLDER CHILD IN THE PREPARATION LEADING UP TO THE BIRTH OF THE BABY. THIS PREPARATION HELPS THE OLDER CHILD GET USED TO THE IDEA OF A NEWBORN.

BOOKS FOR CHILDREN —

• “THE NEW BABY AT YOUR HOUSE,” BY JOANNA COLE, WILLIAM MORROW & CO., 1999. THIS BOOK, PACKED WITH FULL-COLOR PICTURES, DISCUSSES THE FEELINGS OF BIG BROTHERS AND SISTERS TOWARD YOUNG SIBLINGS. IT SHOWS THAT IT’S NATURAL TO FEEL LOVING AND TENDER ONE MINUTE AND ANGRY AND JEALOUS THE NEXT. ULTIMATELY, THE BOOK AIMS TO PREPARE THE OLDER SIBLINGS FOR THE UPS AND DOWNS OF HAVING A BABY IN THE HOUSE.

• “THE NEW BABY,” BY FRED ROGERS, PUFFIN, 1996. THIS BOOK BY “MR. ROGERS” TALKS ABOUT AND EXPLAINS THE POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE FEELINGS AN OLDER CHILD MIGHT HAVE TOWARD A BABY IN THE HOUSE. IT ALSO INCLUDES QUESTIONS AS DISCUSSION STARTERS.

• “I’M A BIG BROTHER” AND “I’M A BIG SISTER,” BY JOANNA COLE, HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS, 1997. THESE BOOKS, APPROPRIATE FOR CHILDREN AS YOUNG AS TODDLERS, SHOW WHAT THE BABY WILL AND WON’T BE ABLE TO DO. THEY ALSO TALK ABOUT WHAT THE SIBLINGS, DESPITE THE AGE DIFFERENCE, CAN ENJOY TOGETHER, SUCH AS THE OLDER ONE SINGING SONGS TO THE INFANT AND MAKING THE BABY WARM AND COZY. THE BOOK ALSO SHOWS HOW THE OLDER SIBLING STILL IS VERY SPECIAL TO HIS OR HER PARENTS.

• “KID’S BOOK TO WELCOME A NEW BABY: FUN FOR A BIG BROTHER OR BIG SISTER,” BY BARBARA J. COLLMAN, MARLOR PRESS INC., 1999. THIS BOOK PROVIDES ACTIVITIES TO HELP THE OLDER SIBLING WITH THE TRANSITION. IT GIVES TIPS ON HOW TO INVOLVE THE CHILD IN THE PREPARATION FOR THE BABY AND TEACH ABOUT THE BABY’S CAPABILITIES.

ASSOCIATIONS —

• AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS, 141 NORTHWEST POINT BLVD., ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL 60007. PHONE: 847/434-4000. WEB SITE: WWW.AAP.ORG. THIS NATIONWIDE ORGANIZATION FOR PEDIATRICIANS OFFERS LITERATURE ON A WIDE RANGE OF CHILDREN’S HEALTH AND BEHAVIORAL ISSUES.

ONLINE —

• BABYCENTER, PART OF JOHNSON & JOHNSON, HAS A WEB SITE (WWW.BABYCENTER.COM) THAT PROVIDES EXPECTANT AND NEW PARENTS WITH MEDICAL AND BEHAVIORAL INFORMATION REGARDING INFANTS AND YOUNG CHILDREN. AMONG THE TOPICS IS PREPARING A FIRSTBORN CHILD FOR A SIBLING.

• THE CENTER FOR EFFECTIVE PARENTING (WWW.PARENTING-ED.ORG), A STATEWIDE PROGRAM IN ARKANSAS FUNDED BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, AIMS TO IMPROVE PARENTING SKILLS. ITS WEB SITE GIVES INFORMATION ON TOPICS SUCH AS SIBLING RIVALRY, HOW TO COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY WITH YOUR CHILD AND HOW TO PREPARE A FIRSTBORN CHILD FOR A SIBLING.


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