What advice and tips can you offer to parents with multiple children? (Weekly To

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  1. Christy Kirwan profile image92
    Christy Kirwanposted 11 years ago

    What advice and tips can you offer to parents with multiple children? (Weekly Topic Inspiration)

    Are you the loving parent of two or more? Did your own parents have special tricks and effective methods of dealing with sibling conflict? What are some techniques that encourage siblings to share and take turns with each other? Let us know what advice you can offer to parents of multiple children in a Hub for this week’s Weekly Topic Inspiration theme! For group support and the full WTI how-to, stop by our official Forum thread: http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/110174

  2. ThePracticalMommy profile image89
    ThePracticalMommyposted 11 years ago

    . Learn how to prepare older siblings for a new baby and  how to introduce your newborn to older siblings. read more

  3. kthix10 profile image77
    kthix10posted 11 years ago

    How I work with my two boys who are less than two years apart but frequently get mistaken for twins. read more

  4. duffsmom profile image60
    duffsmomposted 11 years ago

    Run, run for your life. No, I'm just kidding. I am the loving parent of two grown daughters and we had a ball when they were growing up.

    Parents of multiple children need to be sure that each child has a moment or a special time with each parent...a real chance to have their time and attention.

    Let me share a very unpopular notion.  Sharing is over rated.  When two children are asked to share, the dominant child is the one who gets the toy (or whatever). Observe kids carefully in preschool, or even your own kids. One child, usually the oldest will be stronger and stronger willed.  That child will be the one who gets the most time with an item that is supposed to be shared, leaving the other child wanting but unable to act.

    I think providing children with their own toys etc. teaches them pride of ownership and learning how to care for what belongs to them. That is not to say kids cannot, or should not be taught to share - but it needs to be implemented carefully and with supervision to be sure things are fair.  Many things like taking turns are learned and become habits. The parent needs to supervise, letting each child know that their turn will come - and making sure that it does.  My grandkids learned this quickly and do it beautifully now. Of course there is always the battle over who goes first!  :-)

    Sibling conflict - holy moley, if you can find a cure for that, please do publish a hub about it.  I dealt with it on an event by event basis. I taught our girls that I would always listen to each side. The other one was not allowed to interrupt while I was listening to one side and if they did I told them, Wait, your turn, I will listen to every word when your turn comes.  It worked pretty well.

    But of course they fought - she's touching me!!! She looked at me!! I think that is just human nature and they are great friends now.

    1. Christy Kirwan profile image92
      Christy Kirwanposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Great insight, duffsmom! You should TOTALLY write a Hub about it!

  5. avorodisa profile image77
    avorodisaposted 11 years ago

    Handling spoiled siblings is not an easy task. Yet, it's not a hopeless one. Just like with normal kids,  it's all about educating, taking care and often dealing with conflicts. read more

  6. kidnappedkids profile image84
    kidnappedkidsposted 11 years ago

    Promote harmony in your home with these tips for families with more than one child. read more

  7. tiffany delite profile image72
    tiffany deliteposted 11 years ago

    Parenting adolescents is an incredible challenge. Tips from  a single mom (for parents and teenagers) for easy, effective ways to survive puberty and the teenage years...again. read more

  8. ExpectGreatThings profile image75
    ExpectGreatThingsposted 11 years ago

    Hub: Creative Ways to Handle Sibling Rivalry

    Feel like you're raising Cain and Abel? Tried everything to get your young kids to stop fighting, but to no avail? Here are practical ways to teach your kids how to play on the same team...

    http://expectgreatthings.hubpages.com/h … ng-Rivalry

  9. adjkp25 profile image89
    adjkp25posted 11 years ago

    Parenting is a tough job but when you are the parents of more than one child it gets even harder.  Luckily you aren't alone and many parents have raised great kids, even in larger families. read more

  10. Rose Anne Karesh profile image70
    Rose Anne Kareshposted 11 years ago

    One of my mother's tried and true techniques that I have carried into another generation: The Good Sister Present for managing sibling rivalry and jealousy. read more


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