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I also just read this on the Positive Parenting Facebook page:
SIBLING COMPETITION...one of the best strategies to minimize sibling rivalry is to spend 1-on-1 time with each of your kids on a daily basis. FACT: siblings are IN COMPETITION for your ATTENTION. Just 10 minutes once/day of INDIVIDUAL TIME
with your child when you are FULLY PRESENT will reduce fighting & improve cooperation. Your child's need for your attention is hard-wired, in her DNA, and non-negotiable. If we give 1-on-1 attention positively and proactively, she doesn't have to compete to get it.
Kids with full love tanks have better behavior at home and school AND get along better with their siblings!
I described the "love tank" here and the 5 Love Languages in a series of posts starting here. There's even a printable Mom's Guide!
I liked focusing on children, because when you learn about your child's love language.... you're also learning about you!
As a mom, I've come to understand that if I take care of my emotional health, I'm better equipped to take care of my children. This also includes putting my relationship with my husband as a top priority. Being a mom isn't easy, having a full love tank can help!
Do you know what your Love Language is?