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Books (for parents) on having a second child?

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
We're expecting our second child, and even though she/he was planned and wanted, I'm nervous. Is it really possible to love another child as much as I love our son? How will I ever have enough time? Etc.

Does anyone have recommendations on books for adults to read about having a second child? It seems like there are several out there, but I can't tell which (if any) are worth reading.

Thank you!
post #2 of 5

I'm interested in any responses you get, but I also wanted to share a not-exactly-what-you're-asking-for recommendation. I am reading the book Minimalist Parenting by Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest. Each author has two kids. They talk a lot about time management, family priorities and values, and simplifying your life so that you DO feel like you have enough time. I think it would be a good complement to any books specifically about having a second child.

post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
Minimalist Parenting is a good suggestion. I enjoyed their MinCamp in March, but I haven't checked out the book.

Any other suggestions?

Thanks!
post #4 of 5

This isn't really about having a second child, but something I wish I read just a bit earlier than I did - "Siblings Without Rivalry".  I read it when the kids were both over 3 years old and it would have been nice to have the perspective and outlook it brings even earlier.  I think when a new baby comes the infant can be so angelic compared to the older sibling, that it can actually can feel like the baby is "the favorite" for a while - maybe that's so we can bond with the new one as strongly as the older child.  But don't worry - you will love both, differently and equally! 

post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 
That's a good suggestions, Reezley. Thank you!

A book about having a second child that I've enjoyed in the past is Waiting for Birdy by Catherine Newman.

Any other suggestions?
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