Forget rivalry. The upside of sharing life with a sibling.
Usually when you think about being the parent of siblings, rivalry comes to mind. But there’s so much more to sharing life with a sibling such as the daily companionship and the shared childhood memories. Plus there’s a lot for siblings to learn from one another, says Julie Ross, author of How to Hug a Porcupine. “I think of the sibling relationship as being the playing field upon which children learn about all future relationships. It’s an opportunity for them to figure out how to live with someone that they sometimes don’t get along with. Parents really have an opportunity to support a healthy, conflict-resolution process during the years while their siblings are living in the same environment, and it’s that healthy conflict resolution that is going to stand them in good stead when they have a relationship with a roommate in college, with a boy or a girlfriend, or later with a spouse or partner.”
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