Beyond Sibling Rivalry

Beyond Sibling Rivalry : How to Help Your Children Become Cooperative, Caring, and Compassionate

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A new way to look at sibling rivalry that sees children's relationships with each other in the context of the family as a whole. This is the first book to incorporate the latest thinking regarding family relationships as important contexts in which sibling relationships develop. Unlike other books that insist that conflicts among siblings reflect jealousy and a longing for parents' undivided attention, Dr. Goldenthal asserts that all family relationships have a bearing on rivalry between brothers and sisters--not only their relationship with each other but their relationship with their parents, and even their parents' relationships with their parents. Through examples of many different types of problem family situations, he gives practical guidelines and tools for solving common and not-so-common sibling conflicts. He shows parents of young children how to institute child-rearing practices that will prevent or at least diminish future sibling conflicts, and he provides strategies for reducing friction and stress among children when they arise.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 237 pages
  • 142 x 209 x 17mm | 231g
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0805056890
  • 9780805056891
  • 828,717

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BEYOND SIBLING RIVALRY PRESENTS A NEW WAY TO HELP BROTHERS AND SISTERS BECOME FRIENDS INSTEAD OF RIVALS.In this groundbreaking look at sibling rivalry, Dr. Peter Goldenthal offers a whole new view into children's relationships with one another: in the context of the family as a whole. Beyond Sibling Rivalry illustrates that how your children get along is actually influenced by many factors: how you related to your parents and siblings; how you treat each of your children; how you communicate with your partner; and how you differentiate between your own psychological issues and those of your children.Using many different types of family problems as examples, Dr. Goldenthal provides practical guidelines and tools for reducing friction among children and resolving sibling conflicts. He also shows how to
-- recognize and highlight each child's unique abilities and interests
-- acknowledge your children's imperfect efforts to be helpful to one another
-- deflect the terrible bind that children's loyalties may cause
-- help children learn to be assertive so they will not need to be aggressive
-- use rewards and praise to encourage your children to be more cooperative
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"A must-read book for all parents who want to raise empathetic, compassionate, and successful human beings." --Myrna Shure, author of "Raising a Thinking Child"

"Dr. Goldenthal provides parents with the practical help they need." --Wendy Schuman, Executive Editor, "Parents "magazine

"A unique and valuable book." --William B. Carey, M.D., Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
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