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Siblings By Birth, Friends By Choice

A sibling can be a best friend or, at times, a worst enemy. How do you encourage your children to develop healthy and supportive relationships with each other? These resources offer advice that will help.

Encouraging Siblings to Get Along

Our twins, born just two minutes apart, have looked like “Pete and Repeat” their whole lives. And yet in every other way — from preferences to personalities — they are opposites. Two children, born at the same time to the same parents, and they couldn’t be more different.

Managing Sibling Conflict

Education expert Cynthia Tobias explains what parents can do to reduce the amount of conflict between their children and create a more peaceful home environment.

Helping Kids Adjust to a New Baby

When a new baby arrives, an older sibling may become jealous. Here are some ideas on how to make sure you give enough attention for two and not wear yourself out.

10 Ideas: Overcoming Sibling Rivalry

Sibling rivalry has been described as a shoot-out between conjoined twins. When your children are in conflict, it’s not fun to watch them take out their hurts and anger on one another. As Barbara and I watched our six children struggle through hundreds of squabbles, conflicts, disputes, and divisions, we would wonder, Are we being successful as parents? Is there something we’re doing wrong? Are we raising a group of juvenile delinquents?

Jeffrey Kluger: The sibling bond | TED Talk

Were you the favorite child, the wild child or the middle child? Jeffrey Kluger explores the profound life-long bond between brothers and sisters, and the influence of birth order, favoritism and sibling rivalry.

  • Life is full of surprises, challenges and questions – and sometimes we all need help finding answers. Are you struggling in your marriage? Is your son or daughter involved in activities that have you worried? Or maybe you’re facing an unexpected pregnancy or navigating conflict with your aging parents. Whether you’re in the midst of a major crisis or simply a perplexing situation, we have compiled resources that can point you in the right direction. And remember – we’re constantly updating our content, so check back frequently for the latest and greatest resources.

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