How Do Mom’s and Dad’s Stop Sibling Rivalry ?-Team Spirit

How do parents of young children avoid sibling rivalry? Create a team spirit .
When they are children, siblings need to learn how to act as a team. As they grow up, their team will have to be reconstituted many times—for rituals, for rites of passage, and to take care of aging parents. Teach them how to act as a team now when they are young to learn social relationships among themselves at an early age. Look at who will be the leader and the followers. Is there a fair leader, and does she or he treat followers fairly?
Team spirit among siblings is a critical tool. Generational team spirit created by the Depression era families in the 1930’s. . Because of the crushing economic woes ,somewhat like today’s, siblings grew up tutored in team spirit and loyalty to each other by their Greatest Generation parents. This played out in a distinct loyalty as they reached retirement and continued to age. Their parents’ 1930s emphasis on one for all and all for one lasted a lifetime.
Creating a team spirit is just as important now among siblings. Working together teaches siblings to share, to delegate responsibility, and to really appreciate each other. This cuts down on sibling rivalry and squabbles and builds a deep bond that the siblings have for a lifetime.


About momlovesyoubest

Cathy Cress holds an MSW in Aging from U.C. Berkeley. Her new book Mom Loves You Best, Forgiving and Forging Sibling Relationships , New Horizon Press, was published October 2010. Cress’s book , Handbook of Geriatric Care Management, Jones and Bartlett, is the bible of geriatric care management and is out out in a third edition in February 2011 .Her book Care Managers, Working With the Aging Family, Jones and Bartlett,2008 is one of the few major books on the aging family. Ms. Cress is the founder of GCM Consult ,working with small and national who want to add or launch GCM businesses. She is on the faculty at the University of Florida in their on line master’s in geriatric care management -GCM . She has taught geriatric care management at San Francisco State University , UC Berkeley and teaches at Cabrillo College and San Mateo College. She was founder and director of Cresscare, a GCM business, for 25 years.
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