Beyond Sibling Rivalry: How To Help Your Children Become Cooperative, Caring and Compassionate

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Macmillan, Feb 15, 2000 - Family & Relationships - 256 pages
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A new way to look at sibling rivalry that sees children's relationships with each other in the context of the family as a whole. This is the first book to incorporate the latest thinking regarding family relationships as important contexts in which sibling relationships develop. Unlike other books that insist that conflicts among siblings reflect jealousy and a longing for parents' undivided attention, Dr. Goldenthal asserts that all family relationships have a bearing on rivalry between brothers and sisters--not only their relationship with each other but their relationship with their parents, and even their parents' relationships with their parents. Through examples of many different types of problem family situations, he gives practical guidelines and tools for solving common and not-so-common sibling conflicts. He shows parents of young children how to institute child-rearing practices that will prevent or at least diminish future sibling conflicts, and he provides strategies for reducing friction and stress among children when they arise.
 

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Contents

Predictable and Preventable Sibling Conflicts
8
Unfairness Anger and Sibling Rivalry
27
Look for Each Childs Unique Abilities
28
Give Credit Where Credit Is Due
49
How Does ADHD Affect Sibling Conflicts?
73
Remember Whose Childhood It Is
83
When Children Try to Carry Parents Baggage
98
Family Loyalty and Loyalty Conflicts
116
Bribery Is Okay
144
When Bribery Is Not Enough
160
SelfEsteem and Generosity The Cure for Sibling Rivalry
179
Finding Psychological Help for Resolving Sibling Conflicts
192
Some Useful Books for Parents
200
Books for Young Children
201
Index
202
Copyright

Facilitate Empathy and Altruism
133

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Peter Goldenthal, Ph.D., a practicing psychologist and expert in sibling rivalry, has worked with hundreds of families and children for many years. He lives in Devon, Pennsylvania.

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