One of our best tools is to let siblings have intense and complicated feelings toward each other

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In many homes, sibling conflict tops the list of parenting challenges. It can be among the most intense, frequent, and seemingly difficult patterns to improve. As therapists, we hear moms and dads express not only frustration and helplessness but also profound sadness that their kids don’t get along. They had envisioned a different kind of family than the one emerging in their homes.

The great news is that sibling issues give your kids a chance to practice invaluable life skills. …

Heather Turgeon, MFT and Julie Wright, MFT

Heather Turgeon, MFT and Julie Wright, MFT are psychotherapists and authors of the new book Now Say This: https://amzn.to/2J1RAGR, and The Happy Sleeper.

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