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Parenting Tip: Survive sibling rivalry

Posted January 11, 2011

You can't prevent sibling rivalry, says Cathy Hedgepeth of Triangle Parenting Support. But there are better ways to deal with those squabbles when they come up.

Hedgepeth is a licensed psychological associate and licensed school psychologist who worked as a counselor at Wake County's Project Enlightenment for 22 years. Triangle Parenting Support, which focuses on kids ages 0 to 10, offers counseling, workshops and more to parents and kids across the Triangle. Cathy Hedgepeth Parenting Tip: Easing sibling rivalry

Hedgepeth's colleagues have been offering parenting tips over the last month. Check the box to learn more about bedtime routines and homework tips.

Today and next Wednesday, Hedgepeth will share some tips and advice for surviving and managing sibling rivalry (which I'm just now experiencing with my five-year-old and one-year-old). Watch the video for more.

And check Triangle Parenting Support's website for more on what they offer including some upcoming workshops. Workshop topics are Ready-Set-Go to Kindergarten on Jan. 18 and Raising a Responsible Child on Jan. 25.


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  • NCishome Jan 12, 2011

    I agree that parents create the issue. My husband is the oldest of five and he is treated as an outcast due to him leaving home at the age of 18 to join the military and making it his career. The in-laws look at it that if he needs them he will let them know. Well, there are times that a child no matter the age just needs to know that there is a one on one connection with their parents.

  • boatrokr Jan 12, 2011

    "Sibling Rivalry" is an issue created by parents, who, in adulthood, forget that there's little difference in a two- or -three-year gap between adults while a two- or three- (or even one!) year gap between CHILDREN is a WIDE GULCH. They're at completely different stages of development, yet parents expect them to be the best of friends and get along perfectly. Treat them as individuals instead of just a group dynamic, and you have fewer issues.