The Art of Sibling Appreciation

May 24, 2018 | Teresa

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Today is Brothers Day, a time to celebrate the special bond that we have with our brothers, and in fact, all our siblings. But, as most parents know, not every sibling relationship is filled with buttercups and roses. As anyone with a sibling knows, sibling rivalry is real. Between the insults, the fights and sometimes, the all out war, sibling relationships can be tough. So how do parents cope?

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, parents can manage sibling rivalry by following these six tips:

  1. Remember that each child's needs are different
  2. Do not compare your children in front of one another
  3. As much as possible, stay out of your children's arguments
  4. Be fair
  5. Do not embarrass your child by scolding them in front of the others
  6. Family meetings can be a great way to work out sibling issues

And don't forget, books are a great way to talk to your children about their siblings. Through children's books we learn that having a baby brother is not the end of the world, or that older brothers can actually teach us really cool things. No matter what your family situation is like, books can help teach your child that all families are special, and having a brother (or sister) makes them one lucky individual.

So come to your local library today and check out some of these titles:

The Brother Book

The Brother Book by Todd Parr (Ages: 0-5)

Brobarians

Brobarians by Lindsay Ward (Ages: 3-6)

Soupy Saturdays

Soupy Saturdays with the Pain & the Great One by Judy Blume (Ages: 7-8)

Frenemies in the Family

Frenemies in the Family: Famous Brothers and Sisters who Butted Heads and had Each Other's Backs by Kathleen Krull (Ages: 8-12)

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