Avoid Sibling Rivalry- Listen For the Sound of Chalk Scraping on the Blackboard In Your Kids Relationship

Parent your children so that you are raising caring brothers and sisters in harmony. Spot sibling relationships that sound like chalk scraping on a blackboard.
Harmony is more than a sound. It is difficult to slug it out, bully, or emotionally batter a person whom you really care about. Caring for your brothers and sisters and being kind to them is the first lesson we give our children on how to be kind to the world. It is our initial experience being sensitive to the other children we play with. A mom’s or dad’s role is one of facilitating harmony among your kids. You are not here to make them act in accord but to create the conditions that result in a comfortable relationship among them. You can’t have power over every action taken by each sibling, but you can shape their relationships. Allow the oldest child to do things for the youngest without burdening him or her. Have one child teach another how to do something.

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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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