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When Sibling Rivalry Runs Rampant

Fourteen-year old Meg Ungar and her brother Scott are watching television. Meg picks up the remote and starts changing the channel. Scott,16, asks her to stop. Meg doesn’t. Dad hears the conflict from the other room and asks them to solve it on their own. But within seconds, Scott...

Prepare Your Reigning Toddler for Baby Number Two

Imagine your spouse coming home one day and announcing he or she has taken another mate and you’re expected to share everything and even welcome him or her into the house. That’s how authors Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish, in their book Siblings Without Rivalry, liken the experience of...

More the Merrier – Multiple Babies; Multiple Fun?

The Gilmours Saskatoon, SK "Quints R us!" QUINTUPLETS • Sara, Alison, Madison, Simon and Alex  My husband and I were married for a number of years and had no luck getting pregnant. Finally, we resorted to seeing an infertility specialist. After four attempts we had success! A daughter! After a couple...

Balancing a Second Child

READY FOR SECONDS?    Is it time to start balancing another child? Adding a second child more than doubles the workload and the jump to two kids is the most trying, be prepared for some starling changes to your life. BALANCING ACT         Richard Wutzke, a financial planner, remembers the shock when...

Teaching Kids to Get Along

When it comes to kids’ battles, I consider those fighting words. When parents or teachers leave kids alone to figure things out, what happens is a playroom or playground version of ‘survival of the fittest’. The dominant child, the one who’s stronger in a relationship, learns that force wins....

Sibling Rivalry – How to Tackle It

How to tackle sibling rivalry in your family          Older children need time to adjust when their new baby brother or sister is brought home. If the new baby is the second child in the family, the older child who was the centre of attention before may...

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