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Improve sibling relationships.

The journal Child Development Perspectives is running a special on sibling relationships, an area with little research to date.

According to one contributor who specialises in this, Prof Laurie Kramer of the University of Illinois, instead of conflict reduction, parents should focus more on the positive things they can do to help their children get along.

She suggests the following tactics.
– Help your children learn to see things from their sibling’s perspective and to respect other people’s points of view.
– Teach them to identify and manage their emotions and behaviors when they’re in challenging and frustrating situations.
– Teach your kids not to assume the worst about their sibling’s or anyone else’s intentions.
– Show them that conflict is a problem that can be solved and teach them how to do it.
– Try to meet each child’s unique needs without showing favouritism.
– Teach them to use their unique knowledge of each other to strengthen their bond rather than taking advantage of each other’s weaknesses.
– Promote play, conversation, mutual interests, and fun.
– Praise your kids when they help, support, and cooperate with each other.


July 19, 2010 - Posted by | Child Health, Laurie Kramer, Positive Psychology, Relationships, Success

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