When a second baby arrives in a family, parents are often excited that their first child will benefit from having a sibling. In an ideal world, siblings can be wonderful playmates, confidantes, and lifelong friends. But not everyone lives in an ideal world. Recently, Kim Kardashian West filled in for Kelly Ripa on Live with Kelly and Ryan. The megastar and mother to North, 4, and Saint, 20 months, brought up a topic that makes countless parents cringe. As it turns out, North is not particularly fond of her younger brother.
Vogue had the scoop:
“So different, so different,” Kardashian West immediately responded. “I mean, I don’t know if it’s because she’s the older sister. I don’t know what it is. I thought it was a phase. She does not like her brother.”
The audience let out a collective laugh. But, as Kardashian West continued to speak about the situation, it became clear that, for her, there isn’t much that’s funny about it.
“It’s so hard for me,” Kardashian West said. “And I thought it was like, OK, a couple months, she’s just warming up to it. She would get so jealous when I would breastfeed and all that kind of stuff. And now the phase isn’t going away.”
Of course, when a newborn first enters a household, it is anyone’s guess how the older sibling will handle the transition from being the focus of everyone’s attention to having to share Mommy and Daddy’s love and affection. But oftentimes, any rough patches smooth out and the children end up getting along. But that is not always the case, as Kardashian West pointed out. The topic can be a sore one, even taboo, because everyone wants their kids to like each other.
Hopefully the spotlight on the subject will allow parents the freedom to talk about sibling issues within their families. If we aren’t able to talk about such things, there is little hope of finding a solution, or at the very least, support.