Sibling struggles

Barbara Olinger, MSW Parenting Consultant, shares advice for parents on how to help their kids resolve sibling struggles and how to balance the need for privacy and shared space
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Sibling struggles

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Younger siblings often want to follow older siblings around wanting to do everything that they want to do. Sometimes it's hard to manage this. One of the crucial things is to allow the older sibling to have their private space. The other thing is to allow them to pick which things they want to share with their younger siblings, and which things are private for them. For the older sibling, they need a place to go and they need their own things. We also want to support them in their feelings. It can sometimes be hard having a younger brother. We also want to help them set appropriate limits. We have to help the younger sibling at times to hear those limits. "Your brother is telling you he needs more space right now. Is there something that we can do together?" We want those siblings to negotiate as much as possible, but we often need to help the younger sibling hear the older sibling's limits.

Barbara Olinger, MSW Parenting Consultant, shares advice for parents on how to help their kids resolve sibling struggles and how to balance the need for privacy and shared space

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Barbara Olinger, MSW

Parenting Consultant

Barbara Olinger has her master's degree in social work and has been working with children and families in both therapeutic and educational settings for over 30 years. She is currently Director of Family Development at the YWCA Santa Monica/Westside and has a private practice focusing on parenting education and teacher training.  She is the author of the parenting book, Growing From the Roots: A Practical Guide to the Art of Parenting, now on DVD along with Welcoming Your Second Child. She has two sons, ages 23 and 20 years old.  

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