The New Science of Siblings


According to Dr. Laurie Kramer, one of the world’s leading experts on sibling behavior, play time can matter more than the fighting. In fact, siblings who don’t fight — but don’t play together either — end up not having warm relationships as adults.

Kramer’s body of research suggests that parents should worry less about how they break up sibling fights, and concentrate more on teaching brothers and sisters the skills of initiating play together. It’s not about conflict resolution, it’s conflict prevention: Less fighting will be the consequence of siblings initiating play in an amicable manner.

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Thursday, September 17 at 4 p.m. ArtBeat: Your Creativity Storeart beat, Franklin, MA



Siblings are each other’s first playmates. Through play and exploration, they learn the art of cooperation and team work and the joys of friendship and fun! Come do any activity from the book and learn some simple strategies to create sibling harmony in your home.

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Sharing toys with siblings

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My house looks like a cross between a toy store and a bakery. Very messy ones. This is thanks to two birthdays, a family reunion and Christmas which all took place over the last month. The yummy food will disappear eventually but the “things” will fill my home (think game pieces under the couch) for months to come.

Now we move onto fighting about toys (while on a sugar high). No doubt your children have also received toys that mean a tremendous amount to them. My daughter literally barks at her brother if he even dare to stand too close to her Barbie Dream House.

How do we help our children learn to co-exist and share their treasured belongings?

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