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I admit it, I adore parenting books. I guess it’s because my passion is helping parents feel confident in their parenting, so I try to stay up to date in all the new theories and research out there.
My philosophy on parenting books (and blogs and advice) is that we have to “ingest the meat and spit out the bones”. Which means, take in the good stuff that really resonates with us and forget about the pieces that don’t.
Most parenting books have a hefty amount of information that I don’t really agree with very much. But, there is one book that I can’t think of a single thing I didn’t agree with, Siblings Without Rivalry. I love it because it’s not ridden with guilt or shame, and each chapter is amazingly helpful. Plus,there are no big studies you have to read through, so it’s an easy read.
It’s a simple, helpful, quick read, that I recommend to everyone who has more than one child.
You can see that I have put tons of little flags in my copy. What you don’t see are all the highlighted sections and notes written inside too.
The authors of this book use their own personal experiences of raising children, as well as the hundreds of parenting workshops they have facilitated around the country, to explain exactly how to create loving relationships between siblings.
The reason I liked it so much, is that it shows parents how to teach their children how to communicate their feelings with each other and how to effectively cooperate together. Seriously, who doesn’t need those skills?
The best part for me was Afterword, because it discusses how to start off right with young siblings. My boys are only 1 and 4, and I read this when my youngest was still and infant. You see, I was already struggling with some sibling issues, and I wanted to do something about that early on. And this book helped me tremendously with that.
Since implementing some of the techniques in the book, my older son’s behavior towards his brother improved a lot. There are moments that we still struggle, but overall my children care for each other and we don’t have any major issues with sibling rivalry. Now, I know they are still quite young, but I think we are on the right path.
So, have you read this book yet? I’d love to know your thoughts about it.
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