Peaceful Parents, Happy Siblings

Peaceful Parents, Happy Siblings Book Cover

Peaceful Parents, Happy Siblings Book Cover

Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings: How to Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life by  Dr Laura Markham is a book which advocates  Peace between parents and their children.

The book is divided into three parts

– Peaceful Parenting 101

– Teaching Peace

– Before the new baby and through the first year.

Getting siblings to get along is never easy however it is possible to reduce the friction between them.

Many a time the errant behavior doesn’t get correct as the child doesn’t own the misbehavior.  They need to be  intrinsically motivated to change for the better. They need to be taught how to  identify and communicate their needs and feelings.

Parents can show how siblings can interact nicely with each other  through  doing the following.

– Describe what is happening

– Empathize with the child

– Coaching the children to put their feelings into words without attacking the other child.

By helping their children work out their feelings and emotion they will be able to understand each other better and reduce the friction between siblings.

Children need to be thought how to problem solve as these are essential skills to have so that they can survive in today’s world.


My thoughts

Having the kids live side by side in harmony is any parent’s dream. Constant bickering and fighting have been driving me up the wall and I certainly wish for more moments of peace and tranquility within our household.

There are many useful tips in Dr Laura’s book on how to deal with discord between siblings and also how to coach them how to deal with disagreements using peaceful means.

Learning to return yourself to calm is one of the most important actions you can take to strengthen your child’s relationship with each other.

I find this statement in the book extremely important in keeping the peace in a family. It hasn’t been easy to remain calm when the kids are at each other throats .

Being calm it’s something that I hope to achieve with my own kids and become a peaceful parent myself.

I found the book really useful and will be implementing  the negotiation tools that I’ve learned in the book with the boys. I’m looking forward to less bickering in our household and more PEACE between the siblings.

Do get a copy of the book Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings: How to Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life if you are interested to gain some tips on how to raise  Happy siblings.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are 100% mine.  This post has affiliate links.