Dealing with the arrival of a new baby in the family is quite different when your kid is older – it’s usually easier!
The jealousy and rivalry that is typical of a two-year old, who has just learnt that she has a new brother or sister, is typically much less or even non-existent in a child in primary school.
There are a few reasons why the appearance of a baby sibling creates fewer psychological ripples when the age gap is large.
First, your older child has an established routine with school, friends and leisure activities, which is unlikely to be altered by the new baby. Of course, there may be a few days of upheaval around the birth, but you primary schooler’s life goes on much the same.