How do I handle my 2 year old son telling his 5 month old baby sister

Jennifer - posted on 08/19/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Today my 2 year old son woke up from his nap and walked by his sister and said " Emma I don't like you" I didn't know how to respond to this so I said "that's not very nice Emma loves you". Well he continued to say it all night, he adjusted pretty well to the new baby so this is new to me. I just wanted to know if anyone had any advice as to handling it? Do I ignore it when he says it or what?? Any tips would be great! Thanks

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Janice - posted on 08/21/2012

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One minute my daughter (almost 3) is hugging her baby brother (8mo.) and the next she is saying she doesnt like him. She yells at him a lot now because he started crawling a month ago and is constantly wanting to mouth all her toys. I usually ask her why she is mad at him (if its not obvious) and then remind her he is just a baby. I try to make sure I give her enough attention and really praise her when she shares or is playing nicely with him.

Devan - posted on 08/20/2012

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Find away to spend more one on one time with him. My boys are 5 ,6, and 18 months it's all to familiar .

Michelle - posted on 08/20/2012

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Because your daughter is 5 months I wouldn't focus on her I would focus on him, the next time he says it ask him why he feels that way. He may be feeling left out and need a little extra attention, words like I don't like you are learned so he has heard it somewhere and decided it is a good phrase so just get to the bottom of why he is feeling this way.

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