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Apr
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comment How do you address sibling rivalry?
I really like the way you pointed out the importance of impartiality and being aware of goading in your answer. You dealt with the parental behaviour rather than just disciplining the children for being bad (fighting isn't bad, it's ineffective and can be counter-productive).
Apr
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Apr
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comment How do you address sibling rivalry?
Thanks for the edit, Jay!
Apr
7
revised How can I brush my toddlers' teeth when he won't let me?
fixed typo
Apr
7
comment How can firearms be secured from children?
Anyone have statistics on gun-related deaths (non-military) showing variance between countries?
Apr
6
comment How can firearms be secured from children?
What do you mean by an emergency? Generally, an emergency requiring a firearm has a fair bit of lead time; things escalate, they don't just happen. I'm wondering what kind of scenario you are envisioning, which obviously has kids in the picture, where you need to use a firearm.
Apr
6
comment How do you address sibling rivalry?
Do you think it is important for children to have things that are theirs and theirs alone? Things that won't be shared if they don't want?
Apr
6
revised How do you address sibling rivalry?
trying to refine question
Apr
6
comment How do you address sibling rivalry?
There have been alot of thoughtful and thought provoking answers to this question. However, though some squabbling is normal in any relationship, not everyone "just grows out" of fighting with their siblings. I am looking for some advice on how to proactively avoid sibling rivalry.
Apr
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Apr
6
revised What are some videos or cartoons that teach vocabulary words?
Added link to other post.
Apr
6
answered What are some videos or cartoons that teach vocabulary words?
Apr
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revised How do you address sibling rivalry?
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Apr
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revised How do you address sibling rivalry?
added detail, clarity; "they'll grow out of it" answers are insufficient
Apr
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Apr
6
comment How do you address sibling rivalry?
@Timwi Though unpalatable, I've heard that if you treat your children like your dogs they'll turn out fine. In my experience, ALL of the good dog owners I know are good parents, no exceptions; same thing for horse owners. Maybe it's because you can't make an animal do what they don't want to do; you have to communicate effectively, build trust, respect, and cooperate. Really, we are animals. Just a thought.
Apr
6
comment How do you address sibling rivalry?
Right now, assigning joint tasks is a recipe for disaster. However, when they get older, this might be step 3 after alesplin and MasterZ's suggestions.
Apr
6
comment How do you address sibling rivalry?
+1 for suggesting ways to build bridges. We already get them to do nice things for each other, but asking for help from the other wasn't considered. Great idea to build interdependence and opportunities for earning respect.
Apr
6
comment How do you address sibling rivalry?
+1 for identifying self-image as a possible cause. I didn't consider that. The older one is bossy and the younger likes to get him going, though it goes both ways. Hmmm. You gave me food for thought.
Apr
6
comment When is physical punishment appropriate?
@BryanH I absolutely agree with all of the things stated: 1. spanking is better than no discipline at all, 2. physical violence is an effective form of discipline (as supported by the link in my post), and 3. it is possible (and preferable! and MORE effective!) to discipline without resorting to physical violence.