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.

Surviving your Teenager and Being Happy Anyway

Surviving Your Teenager: And Being Happy Anyway by Judith Joy is a book which gives you practical advise on how to deal with a teenager.

I do not have teenagers at the moment as my eldest is only 10 years old. However I’m sure they be hitting their teenage years really soon and it would be great to have some information on how to deal with them in time to come.

Judith’s book  is broken down into 20 chapters. In her book she covers the topics like Principles, Decision Making,  Intentions, Expectation, Rules,Choice, Balance and Neutrality among others.

Being a teenager is the time where they want to assert their own decisions and “test the limits”. It is the time where they would experiment with all that you have taught them so far.

Would you be willing to let go and let them make mistakes? Will you be silently supporting them from the sidelines instead of running the show like when they were kids?

In each chapter there are question to ask yourself where you stand on certain issues and if the way you have been address it worked for you so far. Is there anything you wish to change or would have done differently?

There are hints and suggestions on how to work around the problems that one may be facing as a teenager and how the parent is able to assist them in this matter.

My thoughts 

I found this book really interesting as the concepts address not necessarily be just for teenagers but can be for adults too who are looking to have some clarity in their lives and be able to understand their kids better.

The clear structure of each chapter with summary and notes at the end make it easier for one to understand and digest what the author wishes to convey.

Grab your copy of Surviving Your Teenager: And Being Happy Anyway today.
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