Whether they arrive in the family biologically, through adoption or remarriage, kids don’t get to choose their siblings. With diverse personalities collected under one roof, it’s no wonder siblings have antagonized each other - and aggravated their parents - since the beginning of time. Instead of losing your cool with your clashing kids, try a few of these tips to enjoy a more harmonious household and teach valuable life skills in the process.
Ever looked at your child in bewilderment and asked them: “What were you thinking?!” Then you know that kids, especially teens, can make some profoundly poor decisions. Luckily, you can help them learn smart decision-making skills and manage mistakes - without ‘helicoptering’ their every move.
Does your child throw temper tantrums when things don’t go their way? Does your child hit their sibling(s) when they are mad? Does your child throw their toys across the room when they are frustrated? Often, kids don’t understand how to appropriately express strong feelings like anger, frustration, or disappointment, causing them to act out. This is totally normal. And the good news is, you can help your child understand their emotions, express themself in a healthy way, and learn how to cope with their feelings.
For many kids, building friendships comes as naturally as breathing in air or waking up in the morning. For others, the process is filled with landmines of fear, anxiety, and discouragement. Experts agree that friendship-building is a skill - it can be learned.
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