Stop Sibling Rivalry – How To Promote Harmony – Dudes To Dads Ep 82

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Dr. Bill and Martha Sears wrote an article on 20 ways to deal with sibling rivalry.   We touch on these tips and discuss their meaning and how we can incorporate them into our lives.

1. Make friends before birth
2. Make the older sibling feel important
3. Time share
4. Stay Positive
5. Begin the day in harmony
6. Raise sensitive siblings: in charge, comforter, minister, teacher, co-workers, co-sleepers, entertainer
7. Set Limits – no disturbing the peace
8. Hold family meetings
9. Humor is the best medicine
10. Foster a team spirit
11. Promote empathy
12. Promote gender sensitivity
13. Ignore smallies; address biggies – let them handle it themselves
14. Children do not have to be treated equally – they are individuals
15. Every child is a favorite
16. Minimize comparions
17. Referee quarrels
18. When in doubt, intervene
19. Listen to both sides – be careful of creating a victim
20. Siblings are forever…

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