"My question for you is: How can I teach my children to get along and to build strong relationships with each other?"
Dear Dr. Meg,
My question for you is: How can I teach my children to get along and to build strong relationships with each other?
I have 4 siblings, but we fought all the time growing up and really have no relationship now as adults. I do not want this for my two daughters who are currently 4 and 18 months. I want them to be friends for life. I know that they will fight a little, but I don’t want it to last into their adult years.
Mom of 2
Dear Mom of 2:
I hear you. It’s important that your kids grow up to love and respect one another. The best things that you can do are: model respectful, loving speech. Kids usually mimic what they see, eventually. Second, as they grow older, take them to do things together that require fun and cooperation- camping is a great way to help siblngs bond. Third, talk positively about their relationship. Rather than let them know that you don’t want them to end up like you and your sibs, tell them that one of the best parts about being in a famiily like yours is is that you will always “have one another’s backs.” Speak to them as though you fully expect this to happen.