When people heard I was writing a sequel, they begged me to write about siblings. Sibling fights and hard feelings seem to be a near-universal struggle for families. Luckily, there are good resources out there, including Faber and Mazlish’s classic Siblings Without Rivalry and now Dr. Laura Markham’s new book showing you how to raise siblings who can be friends for life.
Dr. Laura’s first book, Peaceful Parent, Happy Child, focuses on emotional understanding – both for the parent and the child. Her new sibling book is called Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings: How to Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life. Today I’m partnering up with Dr. Laura to offer a free book giveaway of her new book – AND – sharing a free audio recording of an interview between the two of us.
In case you’re wondering, I met Dr. Laura at a recent conference for preschool teachers and parents in sunny Silicone Valley. We both had a great time at the conference, aptly called “Unplug & Play.”
Here’s what I like about Dr. Laura’s new book -
It gives sibling advice for parents of older kids as well as parents with new babies. Whatever stage you’re in when it comes to siblings, there’s a section just for you.
Dr. Laura understands that emotions are at the heart of sibling behavior. Sometimes our own parental emotions are involved, too. We have the power to stabilize family harmony or feed the flames.
It covers all the common sibling battles – from who gets to push the elevator button to kids who say “I hate my brother/sister.”
Dr. Laura is one more voice who promotes renegade sharing – turn taking, and trusting children to know when they’re done with a toy. In fact, she even devotes a chapter to the “It’s OK Not to Share” philosophy and calls me a radical. What’s not to like?
Dr. Laura’s book comes out May 5. It’s available for pre-order now. The advantage of pre-ordering is you get a bonus gift of her audio course, Peaceful Parenting.
Audio Recording – Interview with Dr. Laura and Heather
Listen to this 30-minute interview recorded just for you! Dr. Laura Markham and Heather Shumaker share wisdom on conflict, feelings and siblings.
Ready to enter the book giveaway? Share your sibling experience or just enter a comment. (The winning name will be selected on April 23, 2015 at noon EDT using a random number generator.) The book giveaway is now over. You can still pre-order or order the book anytime.