My 4-year old Ethiopian princess and my 4 1/2-year old son are horribly competitive. We have done everything we know how to do to help each one of them feel special, unique, and loved, but seem to be making no progress. This is frustrating and makes life very unpleasant at times. It is especially hard to watch our son, who is not the same happy little boy he was before his sister came home. He loves her, and he doesn’t like being separated from her, but at the same time, he seems to be showing great deals of anger, insecurity, and jealousy. And, it is difficult to not be angry when we watch our daughter taunt him and put real effort into goading him by telling him that she isn’t his friend, that she likes our 6-year old son better, etc…None of the normal “good parenting” techniques seem to work, and I would love to hear from other adoptive moms who may have encountered the same problem and have found effective ways to deal with it.
I know that many of us have experienced similar situations. Over the next two weeks, please take a few moments to share what has helped you overcome this in your family. I’ll hold all of your comments and post them on Tuesday, Dec. 29th.
Thanks for being such wonderful companions on the journey of adoption.
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