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Twitter Chat: Let’s talk about Siblings

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Are your kids constantly fighting?  Rivalry, competition, jealousy, taunting?  You’re not alone! Sibling relationships are often the deepest, strongest relationships in life – but they can also be the most challenging, for sibs and parents alike. The good news is: we’re here to help.

So join us for an exciting Twitter chat with an awesome lineup of experts on the topic.  Bring all your burning questions!

GUEST PANEL:

Dr. Laura Markham: ​author of Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings

Kids in the House: a parenting resource site with over 450 experts 

WHAT: The Mother Company twitter chat about siblings.

WHEN: Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 12:30PM PST/3:30PM EST

WHERE: Twitter! Search for hashtag: #siblingschat and follow @TheMotherCo, @kidsinthhouse, and @mocomama

WHO: All of us. Let’s get informed about how best to help our siblings handle conflict and keep the peace. Please invite your friends, and spread the word to your networks by tweeting:

Pls join @TheMotherCo @kidsinthehouse and @mocomama in a Twitter #siblingschat 4/9 12:30 PST Click to Tweet!

Please also share any thoughts or questions you might have about sibling relationships below in the comments section.  We love hearing from you!

The Mother Company aims to support parents and their children, providing thought-provoking web content and products based in social and emotional learning for children ages 3-6. Check out episodes of our “Ruby’s Studio” children’s video series,  along with our beautiful children’s booksappsmusic, and more.

*Any advice given is general in nature and not a substitute for treatment recommendations within the context of therapy with a licensed clinician.

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Comments (2)

  1. Dr. Laura Markham

    Sandra,
    It’s natural for your son to compare himself to an older brother who is so close in age. But it’s extra tough for him that he also has to be one of the youngest kids in his class. It’s not unusual that he would get angry at his siblings, because he feels like he can’t keep up, and feels left out. But it’s worrisome that he feels so bad that he doesn’t even want to try in school.

    Your son needs something that he loves to do, that makes him happy and that he feels good at — preferably something that neither of his siblings do. Has he shown interest in anything specific? I know when you have three kids, it’s hard to take one of them to a special class or sport, but it would be great bonding for you and him, or for his dad and him, to do every week, if you can swing it.

    I think your son also needs more positive experiences with each of his siblings, so he isn’t always the one feeling left out. Maybe you can do something special just with your boys, and just with your girl, on a regular basis, while the other parent is with the other child. That at least gives him more connection with his brother, but of course you’d have to set that up to be a positive experience, so he didn’t once again feel like he couldn’t compete.

    I think your son also needs to have a friend or two that he can see without his siblings being part of the action, and where your son is a bit older than the friend. That will really help him get out of his victim role of not being able to keep up.

    There are lots of ideas in my Sibling book to reduce competition and help all the children in your family feel special. Please try some of them and let me know which ones work best for you!

  2. Sandra Leslie

    I am so happy to find people that works so hard to make a better world for the families. Thank you!
    I have two boys, 6 and almost 5 years old, and a girl who is 3 years old. I have a lot of problems with the middle boy. The older boy and the girl are very good friends and their personalities are similar, very expressive, competitive, confident, they request my attention all the time. While the middle boy is more quiet, he likes to do his own things. Some times he plays well with his siblings, but a lot of the time he ends up destroying what they build, takes things from them, scares them, or goes away from them mad. I notice he keeps comparing himself with his brother and feels less most of the time. I keep telling him, he is younger, and is just normal that he can’t do everything the same as his older brother, but it is just a matter of time and practice, I tell him when his brother was his age, he couldn’t do it either. But instead of him trying harder, practicing the skill, he just throws everything and goes away mad.
    The same is happening at school. He is one of the youngest of the class, and he says the other kids are faster and smarter than him, so he doesn’t bother trying to do his work. I feel so bad, because really he is a smart boy, and what he likes he really does it well. He is very helpful, he is very good (for his age) cooking with me or helping his dad working in the yard. But I don’t know how to help him stop comparing himself with the other kids, be more confident, and keep practicing the skills he is just learning to play or interact with other kids.
    Thank you, I really appreciate the advice !!