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Podcast Episode 88: Second Child Thoughts: What Changes When 1 Becomes 2 with Lynn Berger

So many moms worry about whether or not we are giving enough attention to our kids, especially when they outnumber you!

We feel guilty for spending what may seem like a lot of time with one child and not enough with the other. 

But is that really happening? 

Are we really giving some of our kids (often the younger ones) the raw end of the deal?

No, we aren’t.

In this podcast episode, we talk with Lynn Berger, a writer, and journalist in the Netherlands, covering care, and author. As the care correspondent for online journalism platform De Correspondent, she writes about the various forms care can take, what it does for us, and what we need in order to take good care. Lynn took her thoughts and experiences of being a second child, combined them with her own thoughts as she prepared to, and had her second child, and rounded it all out with what the research says on the subject and put it together in her book, Second Thoughts: On Having and Being a Second Child. 

We talk candidly about our own experiences as children with siblings, our own children, and the guilt that we face trying to give each child what feels like is never enough time.

In this episode of the No Guilt Mom podcast you’ll learn:

  • How Lynn was inspired to research the effects of having a second child on the oldest child and thus write about her experiences (and guilt) in her book Second Thoughts: On Having and Being a Second Child. 
  • JoAnn, Brie & Lynn share how having siblings shaped their view of parenting both before and after having children
  • How many moms hold secret guilt about the impact having a second child will have on their firstborn
  • How we manage to work past the guilt and make the time we need to for each child…the best way we can.

Resources We Shared In This Episode:

Happy Parent Checklist– This FREE checklist gives you the step-by-step plan to delegate more to your family, feel less overwhelmed and connect in a positive way!

PG-ish Podcast– An unofficial cervical guide podcast to raising successful humans

Second Thoughts: On Having and Being a Second Child by Lynn Berger

Lynn Berger

Download the episode transcript HERE

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Brie Tucker

COO/ Podcast Producer at No Guilt Mom
Brie Tucker has over 20 years of experience coaching parents with a background in early childhood and special needs. She holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Central Missouri and is certified in Positive Discipline as well as a Happiest Baby Educator.

She’s a divorced mom to two teenagers.

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