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I see that most of you have had fairly good results with the age spacing. Unfortunately, I haven't. My children are 5.5 years apart: dd 8.5 and ds 3. My dd is and always has been a tomboy which I thought would be good since she has a younger brother. But we have nothing but trouble with her getting along with her brother. She says she doesn't like him, she's not part of the family, nobody likes her, etc. I know a lot of it is jealousy as she was the only baby for 5.5 years and now she has to share the attentions with her brother. We are also a blended family, my dd has a different father than ds and I am married to ds dad so I think that is part of the issues also. DS on the other hand LOVES his sister and wants to play with her and that just annoys her more. I hope dd will come to realize her brother is OK; we are working on it.
Other than the sibling issues; I wouldn't be able to handle two in diapers, I don't think so that was a plus!
I think all older siblings will get irritated with younger siblings no matter what age. I watch a 8 year old girl and she has a 5 year old brother that drives her nuts and the mom says they fight all the time.
I dont know if you already do, but set some special time aside for just your 8 year old and you without the younger one. And I would also find something they could do together to form a bond. Maybe a tots gym that they could take a class together or swimming classes? It seems like they have not formed a good bond yet, I would try with all you have to set up stuff so they can have a good sibling bond.
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