It's a fact of life. When you parent more than one child, you will have to deal with some intense moments. That may include bickering, screaming, tattling, and (sigh) physical altercations. What we've come to know as sibling rivalry may actually be your child's attempt at getting their piece of the parental pie of attention. Negative behaviors have proven to be a quick and sure-fire way to garner that attention. Few parents can ignore the wailing that accompanies a younger sibling being bonked on the head with a wooden block.
But, what if you coud teach your child some better ways to get your attention? What if your child could learn some proactive, positive ways to be noticed by you and still keep the peace? This can be more than wishful thinking when you share What about Me?: Twelve Ways to Get Your Parents' Attention Without Hitting Your Sister with your child.
Here's a quick and sweet introduction to the book:
What about Me?: Twelve Ways to Get Your Parents' Attention Without Hitting Your Sister was written by Dr. Eileen Kennedy-Moore, a psychologist who is the mom of four children. She knows the importance of teaching children positive replacement skills, not just telling them what we don't want them to do. That's a key piece of building our children's social-emotional muscles.
According to Kennedy-Moore:
One of the hardest things about being a sibling is having to share parents' attention. Even in the most loving home, older siblings tend to hear comments like: "Be quiet or you'll wake your sister." "We'll do that later - I have to feed the baby now." Or, "Let your brother play, too." Preschoolers can't explain to their parents, "I'm feeling frustrated, jealous, and left out. I could really use some extra attention and reassurance of your love." Instead, they are likely to misbehave and even lash out by screaming, hitting, pushing, or snatching toys."
What about Me?: Twelve Ways to Get Your Parents' Attention Without Hitting Your Sister will go a long way towards supporting young children, ages 3-8, in sharing mom and dad's attention with younger siblings. Can you imagine the sense of grown-up independence you would feel as a small child, if someone gave you a dozen new ways to get noticed that wouldn't get you in trouble? This book does it all with a can-do approach that offers loving guidance and whimsical illustrations.
|Dr. Eileen Kennedy-Moore|
Welcome to the Kidlutions award-winning family, Dr. Kennedy-Moore. There will be many, many more peaceful homes, thanks to What about Me?: Twelve Ways to Get Your Parents' Attention Without Hitting Your Sister.