Why you shouldn’t turn your older children into nannies for their younger siblings
There are many families in which the older siblings are made to take care of the younger ones when parents are away. Perhaps you too may be resorting to this practice if you have more than one child. But!! Did you know that this isn’t the right thing to do? A Russian psychologist has written a research paper which proves that older children shouldn’t be nannies and look after younger siblings. This article is an important one and should be read by all parents.
You may not know it but the start of a potential problem begins with your harmless instruction “keep an eye on your little brother’’. At first both you and the older sibling may be quite proud of the fact that the little one didn’t cry all because the elder one played mommy so well.
1 A Walk in the park may turn ugly
Jump to the next scene in this ongoing scenario where a mom leaves the elder sister with the baby asking her to walk the stroller in the park while she goes to the store. This is when the scenario is ripe for something to go wrong. While the elder sister rolls the stroller, the little boy inside seeing his mom go leaps up and bangs his head on the bar. While he calms down soon enough, the elder sister is in tears and can’t stop crying. She refuses to go to the park again.
The psychologist says that unless the age difference between two siblings isn’t at least 12 years then the younger kid should not be left in the case of the elder one as the elder child may not be able to cope or make a good decision in case of a problem. While watching a younger one for a few minutes while the mom is busy cooking a meal, incidents like making a sibling walk a younger one in the park should be strictly avoided.