Dr. Fran Walfish, Beverly Hills child-and-family psychotherapist and author of The Self-Aware Parent, says a certain amount of bickering, rivalry and fighting is natural between brothers and sisters. So how can Mom and Dad encourage kids to stop the squabbling? Parental attention and sibling playtime make for a good start.Read Full Story
As I write this, two of my children are fighting for the same turf. The object of desire: a cushy loveseat. Kicking, screaming, hair pulling, pinching -- and soon, there will be accent pillow liftoff. A matching loveseat sits empty. But they're battling over THIS loveseat. I'm tempted to ignore the “Mom!” calls and blaming of the other, but Nancy Samalin, M.S., director of Parent Guidance Workshops in New York City and author of Loving Each One Best: A Caring & Practical Approach to Raising Siblings, says to step in when things get physical. Here's her advice for taking the in-house bickering down a notch.Read Full Story
Sibling rivalry is as old as, well, the existence of siblings. While the strife between children can make parents want to jump from a second-story window, this very strife is quite possibly one of the most valuable opportunities for growth your child will encounter. As annoying as sibling rivalry can be,remember that it's a learning experience -- just take a deep breath and remember that good can come of it.Read Full Story
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