A New Orleans family recently celebrated the milestone of their 6-year-old daughter becoming a big sister with a promotion party.
It's no secret that little kids are the sweetest and most innocent people on earth. Just take a look at this adorable little girl who was recently told that she was going to be a big sister soon. Her reaction is so pure and heartwarming that it's impossible not to be touched.
One New Orleans family recently celebrated this milestone with a promotion party. In a TikTok video that has been seen by over 6 million people. In it, mom Chauvon Landry, 40, is seen addressing guests at her baby shower, with her 6-year-old daughter Lexi standing proudly by her side. “I would like to promote Lexi Landry to big sister!” Landry announced in the TikTok clip, as a huge smile spread across the little girl’s face. The crowd erupted into cheers and Landry placed a sparkly crown on Lexi’s head.
Her 7-year-old daughter, Ava, was then summoned to the front of the room and was promoted to “big-big sister”. Landry and her husband, Antoine, welcomed twin girls, Reign, and Royaltie, in December 2021 and they are also parents of Marli, 15 and Ace, 12. According to Landry, the family started celebrating the older siblings' promotions before Ace was born to help them realize that they were stepping into a very important role. Parenting and youth development expert Dr. Deborah Gilboa applauds Landry for helping her children feel like they are part of a team and will have new privileges and responsibilities.
“We started doing this before (Ace) was born,” Landry tells TODAY.com. “Everybody kept saying, ‘Oh, when the baby gets here, you’re gonna have jealousy issues.’ And I thought, ’It doesn’t have to be that way. I’m going to help them realize that they’re stepping into a very important role.’”
If your child doesn't like being the center of attention, Dr. Gilboa suggests having them make a picture book for the baby about all the cool and interesting things they will get to do. “Kids want to feel like they’re part of a team, and (this mom) is doing that, and helping them to see that they will have new privileges and responsibilities,” Gilboa tells TODAY.com. Clinical psychologist and author Dr. Laura Markham also likes Landry's approach as it helps the older child to feel valued and recognized, but she also emphasizes that parents should affirm to the older child that their needs will still be met.
Dr. Gilboa notes that transitions can be tricky for children aged 4 and younger and it can take roughly six months for them to believe that the new baby is here to stay. When the baby starts taking stuff out of their hands, they may start to feel frustrated. Overall, this New Orleans family is setting a great example of how to celebrate the important milestone of becoming an older sibling.