The challenge of parenting siblings takes many of us by surprise. There’s no such thing as “normal” when it comes to how siblings relate to each other, or how the family system changes when more personalities come into the mix. And then there’s the added layer of family history: how our own sibling stories influence our parenting choices.
In Episode 95 of Edit Your Life, Asha and Christine respond to a listener’s question about parenting siblings, sharing 9 tips for understanding and supporting kids both as siblings and individuals, handling sibling conflict, and dealing with personal sibling baggage that may be impacting how your parent your kids.
Resources mentioned in this episode
- At Amazon: Minimalist Parenting (Christine and Asha’s book…the inspiration for this podcast)
- At Amazon: Siblings Without Rivalry by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish (a great book by the authors of another favorite parenting book, How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk)
- Episode 28: Learning To Compromise Well (guest interview with Jonathan Baxter)
- Related episode: Episode 58: Improving Relationship Communication (guest interview with Jonathan Baxter)
- Related episode: Episode 72: Minimalist Parenting
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