Raising Siblings Without Rivalry – Part 3 – MBFLP 253-3
Part 3 – Building Friendship Between Your Children We want our kids to be friends and allies, not rivals and opponents, but that takes some conscious effort. As parents, we can make both the positive and negative efforts to build friendship and avoid tearing it down. How can we prevent harsh feelings between our kids? And better, how can we promote affection and goodwill toward siblings? Practical Ideas Remember your kids learn from your example – all the time. If you want to raise kids who are kind, you need to live and speak in kindness at home. They are always watching, even when you don’t think you’re teaching and when they don’t realize they’re learning. Do your kids really believe there’s justice in your family? Unfair treatment from a parent might be favoritism toward one child – the only girl in a family of boys, the “baby” of the family, or anyone singled out (think about Joseph in the Bible!). It can also be one child who gets blamed for everything – the one who’s “the usual suspect” in every situation. One way we provoke our children (Colossians 3:21) is by jumping to conclusions when there’s trouble between the kids – dig deeper and be sure you’ve dealt with both the reaction and the cause! Protect their dignity in front of their siblings. We made a point, as much as possible, to correct or discipline children privately, not in front of the family. Don’t give ammunition for teasing, or reason for a child to feel defensive and wary around the family. Encourage acts of service for siblings – look for ways they can bless one another. Whether it’s offered as an apology for past bad behavior, or an expression of love and kindness just because, cultivate a spirit of thoughtfulness between the kids. Help them understand and look for others’ point of view. Some kids are thoughtless about how their behavior hurts or offends others. On the other hand, some kids are quick to assume the worst and take offense where none was given. Teach them that intentions are important, but perception and reception are important too and sometimes a bigger problem than the intention! Suggest activities they’ll want to do together – on the condition they do them together. Bake cookies, provide projects they cooperate on, look for shared experiences and adventures. Shared memories are the ties that draw them together in later life. Often it’s the smaller things Passages We Referenced She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness. – Proverbs 31:26 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another … – Ephesians 4:32 … be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. – 1 Timothy 4:12 1 Corinthians 13:1-8 – what love is, and is not The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, and his glory is to overlook a transgression. – Proverbs 19:11 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. – Colossians 3:21 (also Ephesians 6:4) We’d love to hear from you! Leave your comments, suggestions, and requests below, or call our Listener Response Line at (919) 295-0321 Part 1 – [ Principles for Preventing Sibling Rivalry ] Part 2 – [ Making Competition Helpful, Not Hurtful ] Part 3 – The post Raising Siblings Without Rivalry – Part 3 – MBFLP 253-3 appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.