Parenting Siblings

An interview with parenting expert, Adele Faber, co-author with Elaine Mazlish of the best-selling, Siblings Without Rivalry and, How to Talk so Kids will Listen, and Listen so Kids will Talk.  Adele speaks about the importance of listening to and validating kids feelings about their siblings, no matter how uncomfortable they make us.  She uses the analogy of how you would feel if your spouse brought home another wife, or another husband who you were expected to care for and share your things with. She models empathic responses that parents can give to their children’s anger, jealousy and even hatred of their siblings.  She also acknowledges that it is common and normal to find yourself more drawn to one of your children, and that the feelings alone are not hurtful to your child.  She offers helpful ways to behave such that the unique gifts of each child are seen and celebrated.

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