A rep for actor Sean Patrick Thomas and wife Aonika Laurent Thomas announced the birth of their son, Luc Laurent Thomas, in a People exclusive on Tuesday.  He was born on June 9 in Los Angeles and weighed 7 lbs., 6 oz.  The couple also has a 2-year-old daughter, Lola.

How can you ensure enough time for everyone when increasing family size?

Cupid’s Advice:

Families are growing larger in the 21st century, which can often translate to family members – especially children – feeling left out.  To combat this, you’ll need to be strategic about your time.  Here are some easy methods to keep the household from feeling neglected:

1. Create a routine: From the moment you have a new baby, a routine needs to be worked out so older siblings can spend time with the little one, and also have one-on-one time with you.

2. Offer special coupons: Depending on the age of your older children, creating ‘coupons’ for together time can provide them with control over their needs.  This tickets can be for hugs, story-time, or a game – anything to show your kids they haven’t been forgotten.

3. Special moments: There are bound to be unexpected games, recitals, or plays you’ll need to attend.  If you’ve gotten short notice, make every effort to make it.  Can’t?  It’s time to bust out an IOU card.