8-year-old girl and 6-year-old boy reportedly kill 1-week-old baby in Edo
Two siblings have been accused of killing a newborn baby in Ofunwegbe Community in Ovia North-East Local Government of Edo State.
Nurturing the sibling bond between your children is a vital part of positive parenting. The lack of it could lead to disastrous consequences. An 8-year-old girl and her 6-year-old brother have reportedly killed their 1-week-old baby sister in Edo State.
No "sibling bond" results in baby's horrible death
According to reports, the incident happened in the Ofunwegbe Community in Ovia North-East Local Government of Edo State on Tuesday.
Witnesses in the community reported that their mother raised an alarm that her children have killed their one-week-old sister. Members of the community initially thought it was a prank, only for them to later realize they committed the crime.
The people initially felt it was just a joke, but they were shocked to discover the incident was true after a mob went after the two kids. When questioned, they confessed to have killed the baby” one witness said.
The children were handed over to the Police for further investigations.
7 Steps To A Strong Sibling Bond Between Your Kids
1. Set the tone for closeness from the start.
When you bring a new baby into the family, the temptation is to tell curious siblings to stand back. But in reality, the baby is tougher than you think. And those clumsy hugs and kisses from brothers and sisters are creating a bond and a significant sense of belonging to one another. Let them cuddle with a little assistance and show even young big brothers and sisters some basic baby care tasks they can perform to help take care of their little one.
2. Let them have significant experiences together.
Shared experiences create a connection between people. Maybe that’s why family vacations are so important: For the rest of their lives, your kids will have special memories they share with their brothers and sisters and no one else. The sandcastles, even the comically bad trips are building more than photo albums, they’re building relationships.
3. Talk about your own sibling relationships with your kids.
Tola told her kids about how when her brothers and she were all little, she was jealous of the fact that they shared a room. And she had to go to sleep alone each night. So she would wait until their parents were in bed. Then she would sneak out of her creaky bed and combat crawl across the hallway to her brothers’ room. They would giggle and tell jokes in hushed whispers. Her kids enjoyed that story so much they always asked her to tell it over and over.
You may have your favorite memories of your own siblings. Share them with your kids to let them know family is special.
4. Give your kids “assignments” in nurturing one another.
Kids like to feel they have something to contribute. If your older son is a seasoned baller and your little one is just starting out, encourage him to work with his little brother on some basic skills. Even little children can feel engaged in the nurture and training of a sibling by “teaching” them to build with LEGOs, to peddle a trike around the driveway, or by reading to one another. Nurturing siblings creates a sense of investment in one another and shared pride when the sibling succeeds in something.
5. Remind your kids that friends will come and go, but family is forever.
If you see your child ignoring her siblings to go all-in with the BFF of the moment, make an effort to pull them back toward engagement with the family. Friends are wonderful, but family relationships are lifelong and deserve to be nurtured, too.
Remind your kids that friends will come and go, but family is forever.
6. Help your children develop shared passions and interests.
When you stumble upon a shared interest between your kids, maximize the potential. If two of your girls love to dance, let them take some classes or workshops together. And if it’s basketball, put up a hoop in the driveway and encourage them to have at it. If it’s music, ask them to learn some Christmas songs on their instruments of choice and perform for the family get together. Shared interests build a deeper connection.
7. Remind your kids to have compassion for their siblings.
Your child may have the softest heart in the world when it comes to other people. Yet they fail completely to see the areas where a sibling feels vulnerable, struggles, or doubts himself. As your children mature, it’s appropriate to have more one-on-one conversations. Talk about ways in which they can show kindness and compassion to their siblings. If one child is a strong student, but his sister struggles academically, remind him how important it is for him to help his sister, and cheer her on in that area.