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Is Your Teen Ready to Babysit?

In The Blog by Dr James Wellborn

The walls are closing in on you.  It’s hard to catch your breath.  You have GOT to get out of the house.  But you can hardly afford your favorite half-caf double vanilla latte with a dusting of cinnamon at the local coffee shop let alone a babysitter to watch over your precious little darlings.  Your oldest should be ready to …

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Fostering Sibling Relationships: Part 3

In There's a Stranger in My House by Dr James Wellborn

Require siblings to be a role model.  As people enter adulthood, they automatically (though not always willingly or positively) move into the position of being an example to others.  That is particularly true for members of a family or community.  Make it clear that all older teens are expected to be a role model to any younger kids.  The youngest …

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Fostering Sibling Relationships: Part 2

In There's a Stranger in My House by Dr James Wellborn

Family activities.  Having a relationship requires interacting with each other.  If your kids don’t get along well or easily, do things as a family (movies, trips, board games, cooking, volunteering, etc.).  Everyone has to interact but there isn’t a spotlight on the kids’ relationships with each other.  Remind them they must be pleasant and act like they are getting along …

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Fostering Sibling Relationships: Part 1

In There's a Stranger in My House by Dr James Wellborn

Oh, the arguing and bickering; the screaming and shoving!  And that’s just what’s required to get everyone to school in the morning.  When you add how brothers and sisters go at each other, the house can become an urban war zone, complete with insurgents and intermittent explosive devices.  For all this, sibling relationships provide the context for your kids to …

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One is Not Enough: 9 Skills We Learn From Having Siblings

In The Blog by Dr James Wellborn

Adults have to share their lives and living space with other people; family, friends, spouses or spouse equivalents, children, roommates.  Unfortunately, even people you love can be a pain, (especially when you share a bathroom).  So where do kids learn to deal with people they love but who drive them crazy?  You need look no further than their annoying, beloved …