Sibling rivalry can be really difficult for parents to see – and the conventional view is that we should respond with disapproval, threats of punishment, or other stern actions. However, once we understand that a child who is lashing out is actually feeling stuck – that their emotional brain has some hard feelings to offload – we can start to think about these off-track behaviours in a different way.
A Guest Post by Emilie Leeks Parenting in our pre-Hand in Hand days, we would never have considered going playful in response to ‘rude’ or upset behaviour. I don’t think we’re alone–it just wasn’t the done thing in most of our childhoods I imagine, and would … Continue reading
Are you seeing power plays lately? When it seems like your children are trying to outbid each other to get your attention, or you are hearing that siblings or friends who are normally close are falling out and excluding one … Continue reading
Playlistening with Anca Deaconu When I picked up my son from school it was clear to me that he was not his usual affectionate, talkative and playful self. Instead, he was silent, seemed tense and rejected all of my bids … Continue reading