Many couples decide to have a second child to provide their first little bundle of joy with a sense of companionship. While this is always beneficial for siblings, there is a lot more to having a second child. From having a best friend for life to learning how to take care of each other’s needs, there are so many reasons why having a second child can be beneficial for the entire family.
A Best Friend for Life
Imagine having a friend from the very beginning of your life. Yes, some siblings grow apart as they get older, but in the early years, it can be highly beneficial for your first child to have a little buddy all the time, and vice versa. Some kids find it more difficult to make friends in playgroups and in kindergarten. Having a second child can offer your first child a companion from the early years of their life and provide the new baby with a loving brother or sister that will watch over them and protect them.
More Time for Adult Time
When you have a second child, it leaves you with more time to yourself once the second baby is old enough to play with their older sibling. When parents have one child, they tend to have to be the ‘entertainers’ most of the time unless they are highly sociable and are always out on play dates or going to play groups with their child. This isn’t always an option for families and working parents. Siblings can play and entertain each other all day long, while adults complete other tasks or spend some quiet time together watching over their children.
Another great reason to have a second child is that the siblings will learn how to work through conflicts at home first. They will argue and fight with their brother or sister and learn how to work through these problems. This is a fantastic life training opportunity as many kids have issues with conflict when they get into school.
Learn How to Take Care of Someone Else and Their Needs
Siblings learn how to look out for each other. Naturally, siblings will help, protect, and look out for each other and each other’s needs. Yes, they will fight and tattle on each other, but when it comes down to it, they will watch over each other.
Inspiration and Courage
A second child has the benefit of learning from their older sibling. When a younger sibling watches their older sibling go through learning responsibility and performing mature actions, they may feel inspired and more courageous to do so themselves. They may look up to their older sibling and aspire to be just like them and follow the same healthy path to maturity. Kids need more than their parents to admire and look up to and a responsible sibling is the next best thing.
Whether you decide to have one child or five, there is no right or wrong size of a family. The most important factor that makes a family feel happy is love. Spread it around.