How To Overcome Sibling Rivalry I

Busy Mom’s Survival Guide Podcast Episode 071.
Sibling rivalry is something I think every parent with more than one child deals with. And it can be so frustrating because of how frequently it appears and how much time we spend dealing with it.

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But as frustrating as it can be, I know that for me it can also become depressing because as a parent, I truly want my children to be friends as well as siblings.  So it is something that I work very hard to ensure doesn’t get out of control.

During today’s episode, I’m going to talk about sibling rivalry with Dr. Todd Cartmell, author of the book, Keep the Siblings, Lose the Rivalry*.

His book is very straightforward with ten steps to improve the relationship between your children.  If the sibling rivalry in your family is out of control, I would definitely recommend his book, but only if you’re willing to put in the work that is needed to correct the rivalry.  There are no magical words that will fix this issue, but be encouraged that time and effort can definitely make a real improvement.

The Ten Steps

  1. Create a strong family bond
  2. Connect with each child
  3. Eliminate comparing, labeling, and competition
  4. Require sibling respect
  5. Improve sibling communication
  6. Step toward solutions
  7. Teach sibling survival skills
  8. Reinforce positive sibling behavior
  9. Use sibling consequences that work
  10. Put them on the same team

Episodes In This Series

Thanks for listening! Please join me for next week’s episode when we finish the discussion on sibling rivalry.

PJ

 

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