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  1. Family Life
    There's a saying that "you don't really become a parent until you have your second baby." I don't know about that, as I know many awesome parents of only children, but there is something to be said that parenting deepens with every child you add to the family. With my first baby, I remember...
  2. Toddler & Child
    Favoritism can be very damaging for the family dynamic, yet more than 70 percent of parents claim to have a "favorite" child. A new study shows that bias, even if only perceived, can affect a child's future educational levels. Penn State University found that siblings who felt more warmth...
  3. Toddler & Child
    Although arguments between siblings are a normal part of childhood development, there are things parents can do to foster strong sibling relationships. My daughter loved my son from the moment she met him at the hospital. The sun revolved around him: she cared for him, helped watch over him...
  4. Toddler & Child
    We understand all too well the power of interpretation when it comes to sibling arguments. Just because our daughter screams and points at her brother doesn't mean he's at fault. It can even be harder to sort out disagreements when it comes to our child's peers. But by reframing the offender's...
  5. Baby
    Learning that you're expecting another baby is very exciting. But what about your firstborn? Here are some tips to help your toddler through the transition of adding a new member to the family. Like birth stories, as soon as my third baby was conceived, it seemed that everyone was telling me...
  6. Baby
    I never pictured myself breastfeeding two children at one time. Come to think of it, I never imagined nursing a two-year-old. But it turns out tandem nursing is the right decision for my family. When I conceived our fourth child, my third child was still breastfeeding often. I knew I didn't...
  7. Toddler & Child
    It's an age-old discussion among siblings: Which child does Mom love the most? A new survey shows that some parents (and grandparents) do indeed have a favorite. If you are anything like me, your "favorite" child changes several times throughout the day. One moment my sweet 4-year-old is...
  8. Toddler & Child
    When we talk about bullying, it automatically brings to mind harassment and aggression at school. New research shows that sibling bullying is just as harmful. No siblings get along one hundred percent of the time, and most sibling spats are just that: dust ups that pass quickly, don't cause any...
  9. Family Life
    All siblings fight at times; that is normal! However, when the fighting never stops, you have to find some ways to cool the flames. My husband grew up an only child. As our first two children started to fight, he was sure that something was wrong with them. These kids must be defective because...
  10. Family Life
    In multi-kid families, sometimes there's nothing better than spending one-on-one time. In my house of three - my two kids and I - a lot of time is spent as a close-knit group. We spend so much time laughing that often no one outside our family understands why. Most nights, my kids ask to sleep...
  11. Family Life
    Well, we didn't fight ALL the time. It could start any number of ways, but it was clearly always my sister Erin's fault. (Says the first-born child.) She might sit too close to me. She might eat a big spoonful of peanut butter and breathe it in my face, something that I could not abide. Once...
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