Thursday, May 20, 2010

Sibling relationships are often the most enduring and powerful of all human relationships. They last a life-time! Parents can help enrich their children's lives by encouraging positive sibling relationships.

Join in a lively exchange of 'what helps' and 'what doesn't' as you strive to encourage these important relationships in your home. Parents will appreciate insights and strategies shared from the well-known book Siblings Without Rivalry by Mazlish and Faber. Whether your children are teenagers, elementary or preschool age or if you're anticipating baby #2, there will be real help and encouragement for you at this week's forum!

Led by Cathy Bailey and Sandi Hill


  1. To hear so many well controlled parents speak last night about how they handle situations was a great opprotunity; although, at the same time left me feeling extremely in adquate as a parent. To hear a parent say they have never raised their voice in their household. OMG! It made me feel like I have failed as a parent & my child is only 2! I have so many skill sets to learn & to practice consistantly- not just on good days. I will keep trying to do my best & hopefully one day I will be proud to be the parent that I have always wanted to be. I am looking forward to many more discussions. Thank you all for sharing your stories.

  2. Dear Anonymous,

    I don't know if you will get this but I wanted to reach out just in case. I was there last week and also heard the comment from the mom who said that she never raised her voice. I don't know this woman so I can not comment if this is actually true or not. I can only speak from my own experiences and I have and probably will again raise my voice at my children. I have 3 little ones and I love them dearly. Being part of a large mom's group I can assure you that raising your voice from time to time is more the norm than not. So please don't feel like a failure - you are not! I can't imagine that anymore who would come to a parenting class after a long day would be failing at being a mom. Like most of us, you probably have "off" moments or days but the fact is you are trying to be the best you can be and that is wonderful! Learning from our experiences (both good and bad) is what it is all about.

    I'm not sure if you came to class tonight with Shaila but many of us (me especially) shared about moments we would have liked to have gone differently. I for one was not composed with my little guy today but after tonights class I feel excited and encouraged to do better tomorrow.

    I hope you have had a good week with you little one and that we will get a chance to meet at an upcoming parent talk.