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5.0 out of 5 starsBest book on parenting I have ever read
Reviewed in Canada on September 6, 2018
This is the best book about child raising I have ever read. It's also a super easy and entertaining read. When I checked it out from the library I read it in one sitting and then liked it so much I bought it for myself (and I don't own many books).
5.0 out of 5 starsReally helps you understand the root cause
Reviewed in Canada on February 13, 2015
I don’t have multiple children (yet) but I bought this book because I wanted to understand how to prevent sibling rivalry. I have not spoken to my older sister for 8 years now because of her perceived rivalry. For her, she needed to achieve everything before me. I was not allowed to do anything that she didn't do first including attending my own graduation, learning new skills, having a boyfriend, getting married, and most likely having children. This book taught me that it was largely our upbringing. All our lives we were brought up being compared, her being told that she's older. As children, when we gave alms in church, she was always given more money to put in the basket because she was older. If not these scenarios, then we'd have to do coin tosses or split our chicken wings evenly. These reinforcements communicated that she always either needed to have more or tolerate being even. I know what not to do now if I have more than 1 child.
5.0 out of 5 starsAnyone responsible for more than one child needs this book in their home.
Reviewed in Canada on February 27, 2019
I bought this book to help prevent my biological children and foster children from killing one another. We've noticed a huge difference and the kids even refer to each other as "best friends." I'm so thankful for this book!
A complete Game changer for me and my kids. I’ve been attempting at emotion coaching for a long time but this just gave me that missing jet and some verbiage that really solidified good practices in our family and the fighting is there, you can’t stop it, but they know how to do it properly and solve it better and it’s going to keep getting better. My kids are 4 & 6 and we’ve had severe struggles due to family circumstances. This will help!
I bought this book as a replacement copy to one that I loaned to a friend and never got back. As a Registered Social Worker I like this book, not only for my clients, but for myself and my family. It is easy to read and offers some great strategies for avoiding the typical pitfalls parents fall into when raising siblings. Every parent with more than one child should read this book.
A classic parenting must-read. Easy to read and lots of great advice. Definitely helping in the sibling relationship between our 6 and 8 year old. Also helps understand some of my own experiences growing up with siblings, which is helpful too!
My older one was pushing my younger one constantly. I got the book to learn what to tel him so he would stop doing that. The examples and graphics actually work. I skip the middle bits wehere there examples from the parenting sessions.
Wonderful ideas of how to talk with kids and diffuse confrontation before it starts, every idea has worked so far with my 2 year old and new baby. I never got along with my sister growing up I wish my parents had read this book, so easy to help direct more peaceful avenue by the way I talk and approach the situation.
Sibling rivalry is definitely the most challenging part of parenting that I find a real struggle with and in my search for a book i was looking for something that would coach me through the difficulties.I came across siblings without rivalry and I would rate it highly as it did more than just coaching. It made me feel that I wasn’t the only parent that was having the same struggles and I was immediately hooked to the book. The author discusses issues that were discussed in her parenting workshops and the advice given to parents to try at home. Then the author mentions how the advice changed and helped the parents struggles. This book can be used as a reference to any difficulty that can arise with siblings. A book I intend to keep referring to not just to be left on the shelf.
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat reference for parents who don't want their kids to hate each other!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 6, 2014
I bought this book when my second child was born. Having grown up in a house where my brother and I hated each other (and we still are not terribly fond of each other!), I wanted to make sure my children viewed each other as allies and not enemies. This book helped me understand why my brother and I had so much anomosity towards each other when were growing up - he was praised as the talented-one when it came to sports and music whilst I was always seen as the good student. We couldn't shake those labels and like my most parents, I am sure mine had no idea what they were doing by pigeon-holing us into those roles. I have been much more careful with my own children as a result of reading this book. There are clear strengths with both of my children - one is very keen on music whilst the other not so much but that doesn't mean the second one can't enjoy music too. And it also taught me not to force or pressure them into doing things just because they have a talent in that area. It's important that they both try anything and everything that interests them and never feel inferior for doing so.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 28, 2019
I read this after reading how to talk so little kids will listen. Essentially it's an extension of the sibling rivalry section in the first book and it really does cover everything you need to know about managing sibling rivalry. There are some wonderful ideas in here that really will make the world of difference on how a family relate to each other and live together in peace and harmony. I've been using a great deal of strategies from both books and even though bickering still happens regularly, it's dealt with quickly, and the children are starting to deal with problems themselves peacefully! Definitely a worth while read.
5.0 out of 5 starsTreat your children with the respect and dignity they deserve/need and appreciate them as an individual and both you and your ki
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 25, 2015
This book is based on exactly the same principles as it's 'sister' books. Treat your children with the respect and dignity they deserve/need and appreciate them as an individual and both you and your kids will be far happier for it. It can be a helpful read in conjunction with the other books but if you're well settled with the principles of the other books, you don't necessarily need it. So I'd order just one of the other two books first (how to talk to kids so kids will listen - or whatever that long title precisely says!) and then assess whether you need this one as well.
5.0 out of 5 starsBuy this as a gift for anyone with more then one child
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 8, 2016
Really great book, every parent of more then one child should be given this as a gift on the birth of their second child -seriously, it really made me think and although I'm not guilty of many of the things it's nice to know I'm doing ok but can learn and refine my parenting skills.