Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings

Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings

How to Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life

eBook - 2015
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Popular parenting expert Dr. Laura Markham, author of PEACEFUL PARENTS, HAPPY SIBLINGS , has garnered a large and loyal readership around the world, thanks to her simple, insightful approach that values the emotional bond between parent and child. As any parent of more than one child knows, though, it's challenging for even the most engaged parent to maintain harmony and a strong connection when competition, tempers, and irritation run high. In this highly anticipated guide, Dr. Markham presents simple yet powerful ways to cut through the squabbling and foster a loving, supportive bond between siblings, while giving each child the vital connection that he or she needs. PEACEFUL PARENT, HAPPY SIBLINGS includes hands-on, research-based advice on: andamp;bull; Creating deep connections with each one of your children, so that each truly believes that you couldn't possibly love anyone else more. andamp;bull; Fostering a loving family culture that encourages laughter and minimizes fighting andamp;bull; Teaching your children healthy emotional self-management and conflict resolution skills—so that they can work things out with each other, get their own needs met and respect the needs of others andamp;bull; Helping your kids forge a close lifelong sibling bond—as well as the relationship skills they will need for a life of healthy friendships, work relationships, and eventually their own family bonds.
Publisher: 2015
ISBN: 9780698151185
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Jun 12, 2018

When I started this book I expected some quick tips and tricks for helping siblings get along. This book has those tips and tricks, but it starts out by focusing on a difficult and lifelong task; a peaceful home doesn’t mean enforcing peace between siblings, it means finding it in ourselves. As the author states, “regulating our own emotions is the toughest part of parenting.” I found the opening of the book a good reminder to focus on finding a calm center so I can deal with my children with compassion.
There was a lot to impact my parenting in this book. The in-depth discussion of time out and punishments was really helpful. This book continually emphasized that compassion with boundaries was the best answer, and the examples of how to do that were so concrete that I think I can practice that approach with some rereading.
Some of the other ideas I loved and want to implement are the family pillow fight/daily roughhousing, ten minutes a day of adult attention to what a child is doing (this is not adult structured time, just interested observation), and ten minutes a day of laughter.

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