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Second Child

Essential information and wisdom to help you decide, plan and enjoy.

A must-read guide full of warm and practical information. Are you ready for a second child? Have you thought about what it involves? Is your first child prepared for a sibling? What about your partner? Whether you are just thinking it, or having a second baby, preparing for an addition to your family can bring up many questions, challenges and emotions. This book provides a wonderful mixture of expert advice and the voices of parents and children to help you plan for, survive, thrive, and enjoy a second child. The book includes insights on coping with increased workloads, sibling rivalry, financial issues, changing relationships with children and partners and health and well-being. It provides support to navigate the different issues and changes through the developmental journey, and the challenges of having children with different temperaments, abilities, ages and genders. Full of helpful and insightful advice and personal experiences, this book will support you with the information and knowledge you need to feel positive and prepared for your new family.

Susan Moore was born in Melbourne and is a university researcher and Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society. She has co-authored several books, articles in newspapers, magazines, and journals. Many with a focus on life span developmental issues, particularly the psychology of adolescence and risk-taking. She has worked as a psychologist and researcher in universities and schools for over 40 years and is now semi-retired. She has a daughter, step daughter and step son, as well as three primary school aged grandchildren.

Doreen Rosenthalwas born in Melbourne and in her mid-20s, married with 3 small children, took the brave step of going to university. She became passionately interested in psychology and worked in that field until the early 90s when she began researching in public health, initially in HIV/AIDS and most recently women’s health. During this time, she developed two award-winning websites on adolescent sexuality and sexual health. Doreen retired in 2008 but has continued to carry out research. She spends a lot of time with her family, including her seven grandchildren.