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Helping children get along with each other

October 25, 2012

Here’s a great idea…

In their book, The Irreducible Needs of Children, T. Berry Brazelton and Stanley I. Greenspan say,

“Siblings are more likely to play together when they each feel nurtured and secure and valued by their parents so that they don’t have to compete for the needs of life” (p. 124).

In other words…

As we provide a loving, stable, secure home life for our children, where each child feels valued and adored, our children will naturally be more cooperative and caring with each other, instead of fighting to establish their importance in the family.

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life…

Seek out moments to help each child feel loved and important. When one of your children is doing something good, thank that child for their thoughtfulness. In moments when your children are getting along with each other, take a moment to recognize each one’s contribution to creating a pleasant environment within the home. Be a source of appreciation and encouragement.

To find out more…

about parenting, check out The Parenting Journey or See the World Through My Eyes programs at, follow us at or contact your local county Extension agent. You might also enjoy reading The Irreducible Needs of Children: What Every Child Must Have to Grow, Learn and Flourish.

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