Does mentioning the word sibling rivalry trigger an immediate and intense reaction for you? Does the dynamic between your children produce high levels of stress in your home? Trust me, you're not alone!
It could be the competition between the kids, the envy that one child feels for the accomplishments of the other, the resentment that each of them feels for the privileges of the other or simply the personal frustrations that they don’t dare let out on anyone else but their brother or sister. If you can recognise your family along these lines, Trust me, you're not alone. Sibling conflict is an undeniable part of growing up with brothers or sisters.
And yet we can do more than just wait for things to get better on their own. In this episode I would like to explore ways we can survive our kids' quarrels and even turn them into valuable learning opportunities. I will give you a framework for dealing with them effectively. It’s not something I came up with, the method has been around, I’m combining a few resources I have used throughout the years that help me get a better understanding of and deal with the heated arguments that inevitably arise.
Siblings without Rivalry by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish
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