Quell Sibling Rivalry and Create Family Harmony

Lisa and I had the great privilege of being guests on an incredible web site radio program: All the Rage Radio hosted by Dr. Paula Scully.

A writer, dentist, and entrepreneur, Paula is the founder of DreamBoldLiveBold.com and AlltheRageRadio.com. She is the creator of Power Journaling, a fun and simple process to help you create positive change and live the life you want. She leads workshops and has written Power Journaling: Transform Your Life in 10 Minutes a Day, a ninety day guided journal

If you’ve been a victim of anger, or someone inflicting anger on others (or both)  it’s important to realize anger and resentment can hurt you – physically, emotionally and spiritually. Letting go of toxic emotions can change your health and your life now and for the long term.

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Great Sibling Gifts


I recently came across a line of melamine plates designed for big brothers and big sisters! They are 100 percent dishwasher safe and BPA-free. If you are looking for a way to celebrate the arrival of a new sibling or encourage your kids to get thoughtful gifts for one another during the holidays, this is an awesome choice.

Designs for boys include guitar, crane, vintage, football, and bulldog. For girls, choose from crown, fleur, guitar, peace. Plus, you can personalize products with your child’s name.  $24 each.


Don’t Overlook The Best Business Partner – Your Sibling!!

Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal

Jessican and Ashlee Simpson

During the ’70s and ’80s, no less than six Sutter brothers reached the NHL.

The Jonas Brothers

Beyonce and Solange

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are just some of the most famous sibling teams out there. They combined their strengths, love and family bonds to rocket into stardom.

For this purpose – I chose some familiar faces but there are endless siblings that created small businesses, wrote books together or made inventions that changed the world (Wright Brothers!)

Think about the magnitude of this and all that may lay ahead for you and your siblings or the siblings you are raising!

Meet Four Sisters in Business!

We just LOVE happy sibling stories and had to share this one with you.  I’m also a fan of their products. Maybe you’ll be inspired to start your own family business!?

What do you get when you cross an entrepreneurial-minded mom with four creative daughters? A growing company whose motto is “Funky Soaps 4 Funky Folks”!

4 Sisters Soaps specializes in unique handcrafted soaps all made (as the label on each
states) “With Laughter & Love” by four sisters, ages 1-11, and their mother. Ellen
Zagorsky Goldberg, the “Founder and Mom” of the company says “we work together,
and it’s a crazy-but-fun experience for all of us”.

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Keeping it Fair

Everyday, I am learning about this whole parenting business and the other day, Heather reminded me of something both powerful and simple when it comes to treating your kids fairly. I am not sure why I struggle with this so much. I have read over and over again (like you are about to do right now) about fair not being equal, however, I am so tempted to even things out with my two sons, that I find myself on the verge of making a darn checklist to keep it all straight. Continue reading

Keeping Young Kids Busy – Radio Interview

Lisa and I pre-recorded an interview with WBZ-AM’s Doug Cope. The segment aired live last Tuesday during The Parent Report but you can still take a listen here!

It’s an age old question…how to keep young kids occupied…

That’s Heather Kempskie of Bellingham, who, along with her twin sister, has co-authored a book called, “The Siblings’ Busy Book: 200 Fun Activities for Kids of Different Ages.”  Her sister, Lisa Hanson, has advice for parents.

Kempskie has suggestions to get the kids up and going.

Hanson says some of their ideas are from their own childhoods.

Siblings & Big Age Differences

I recently spent a few days observing (and camping with) two sisters with a significant age difference. One is 15 years old, the other is 5.

No one can argue, ten years is a big age difference. One is thinking about boys and the other thinks they have cooties. One is fairly independent, the other needs helping cutting the crust off her sandwiches. One likes to listen to music and hang out with friends, the other prefers to color in her Strawberry Shortcake coloring book.

What do they have in common? Parents. Shared family vacations/traditions, similiar looks, a history and a long future together.

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