Siblings

Bringing peace to sibling rivalry

July 5, 2015

Q: When my son hurts my daughter, I feel enraged, especially when he is grinning as though enjoying her pain. Still, I try to explain gently why he should not hurt his sister. Nothing helps. I would appreciate guidance on sibling rivalry. A: No matter how gently we tell a child not to hurt another, […]

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Attachment Parenting and siblings

June 16, 2015

I am often amazed at how well my children get along. They are 9, 7 and 3 years old and each have very close, warm, secure and unique bonds with one another that very much enhance our family. My 9-year-old and 7-year-old daughters are 16 months apart. They are each others’ best friends, whether at […]

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Sibling rivalry is natural

March 10, 2015

It is natural for our children to feel anger toward their siblings and to experience anger in their peer relationships. It is how we react to their anger in these situations that will determine the outcome of how well they manage these angry outbursts. The book, Siblings Without Rivalry, goes in depth about sibling conflict. […]

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Giving presence to the firstborn

February 12, 2015

Editor’s note: The post was originally published on Oct. 15, 2008, and it continues to serve as a reminder to parents expecting another baby: For several weeks, I’ve been thinking about ways in which I give my children presence. I’ve thought about different ways I spend time with my kids, the talks we’ve shared, the […]

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Adding another child…it will get easier, it will get better

February 6, 2015

The biggest struggles I see from mothers in my API Support Group have to do with the addition of a second or third child. Whether it’s an older child having difficulty adjusting to the new baby, or the mom herself struggling to meet everyone’s needs, our API group meetings frequently come back to this topic […]

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Don’t blame the baby

November 7, 2014

When I am pregnant, I can sleep anywhere, anytime. I’d love to just sleep through the first two-thirds of pregnancy. I could fall asleep on the stairs, on the way to bed. I could even rest up for 12 long hours at night and still be able to take a nice morning nap. But there […]

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Babywearing: The next generation

October 16, 2014

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on Aug. 26, 2008, but it contains a sweet reminder for parents expecting a new baby and may be wondering how that will affect their older child. There is something so sweet about watching our older children mimic our parenting approach with their younger siblings. When our second […]

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Staying attached with more than one

May 12, 2014

As my husband and I prepare for the arrival of our second child (a boy!) this summer, I find myself thinking about how different it will be compared to when our daughter was born. With my daughter, we came across Attachment Parenting (AP) as we started exploring different ideas around giving birth and caring for […]

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