Here’s 3 quick and effective strategies to use with sibling rivalry that I teach from Positive Discipline. Fighting is an everyday occurrence in our house with 4 kids / teens! I’m amazed at how affected I am emotionally when my kids fight – it is often the time when I need to use all my mindfulness skills! And often when I am most stressed, tired or busy that it happens! (usually because my attention is elsewhere!). These strategies have really helped me as a parent stay more mindful….and not get caught up in escalating the fight by coming in over the top of the kids! The strategies are not foolproof – but even if they only work 60% of the time they help to bring some more calm into our house which is great! This video links in beautifully with my Dealing with BIG feelings video…. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqmRtCviRDU as the key thing I have learnt to do when my kids fight is to make sure everyone is safe and then negotiate with them that they all have something to do to calm down (agreed to before the fight happens!)….before we can even begin to talk about it!
What works at your house? What doesn’t work?
This is often a huge issue for the parents that come and see me for parent coaching. We discuss this issue a lot more in our online parenting class Resilient Families Thriving Kids – you can find out more and free trial some videos at www.mindfulparentingmindfulcoaching.com/onlineclasses or email me, Sara Phillips, Mum and Parent Coach on firstname.lastname@example.org
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