You start cooking in the kitchen after checking to make sure Andy and Adam are playing nicely in the next room. Suddenly, your little one Andy is running to you with teary eyes. When you asks him what happens, Andy says that his older brother Adam pushed him. You find Adam’s concerned look in the next room. He admits that he pushed Andy, but begins to cry when you put him in a time-out chair. You overhear from him, “I hate Andy. It’s not fair.”
As a parent, you may face this kind of situation on a regular basis. You know that sibling rivalry is a natural thing, yet, it is impossible not to intervene with constant fighting, put-downs, and arguing. Even worse, you’re not even sure how to effectively intervene anymore. How can you promote peace in your house? What should you do help your children get along and eventually develop a close bond?
Sibling rivalry can be as stressful and challenging for parents as it is for children. It is important for parents to understand the nature of sibling rivalry and be proactive in developing skills that promote healthy sibling relationships. Come learn some relationship-based approaches to managing these struggles.
Learn to manage sibling rivalry in a way that helps maintain and promote strong sibling relationships:
- Understand reasons for sibling rivalry
- Learn when and how to intervene
- Build skills to reduce fighting and arguing among siblings
- Promote healthy sibling relationships.
To get more information and learn HOW to use these strategies with your child, join us for a Parent Workshop on Thursday, December 6, 2012, at 6-8PM at The Theraplay Institute in Evanston. Ms. Rana Hong, LCSW, RPT-S, Certified Theraplay Therapist and Supervisor, will be presenting. The cost is $25 per person and space is limited, so register now. You can register by calling Janet Koestring at 847.256.7334 or on the web by clicking HERE
The Theraplay Institute is located at 1840 Oak Ave, Suite 320, Evanston, IL, 60201. To learn more about Theraplay, visit www.theraplay.org, join us on Facebook, or contact Allison Levine, Clinical Coordinator at The Theraplay Institute at 847.256.7334 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.