Siblings without rivalry
I finished the Siblings Without Rivalry book. It was a good read and I'd recommend it for families with more than one child.
Some good points the authors made were:
- don't compare your children - ever and especially not in their hearing.
- try not to cast your children in 'roles' (ie. 'she's the clever one, and he's the funny one')
- if your children express anger with their siblings, allow them to have negative feelings and validate them. Let them know that you understand.
- Imagine if your spouse said to you, "We're having so much fun together that I'd like to marry someone else to join our family. You'll love them! You'll be their best friend." Sounds terrible? It might be how children see the arrival of a new sibling.