Siblings that are true friends
Are your children friends?
My husband and I have been working really hard to make sure our children are friends.
They are bound by blood but we want it to be a true, from the soul, friendship.
From babies to now we have made sure they have respect for each other.
I am not in any way shape or form a professional on this but, I do have life experience!
Below is what has worked for our family.
We require they say please and thank you to each other.
After any wrong doing, accidental or not, there is a “sorry” and a hug from the wrong doer and an “I forgive you” and a hug from the victim.
Hugs, hugs and more hugs!
Find an activity they both love- encourage and embrace it as the parent. This can lead to hours of quality time between siblings (and a break for you!)
Help them talk through their issues. This is a learned skill, heck most adults struggle with this.
Encourage “sibling time”, it is so easy to segregate ourselves doing separate activities.
Family game nights- kids vs parents. This gives them a strong desire to work together as a team.
My kids love “treasure” hunts. Give them a map and have them help each other find the treasure.
Encourage them to cheer the other on. My daughter wears my sons team colors on game day and attends every game. My son dresses up in his best suit and waves to sister from the audience at dance recitals.
Make “mail boxes” for them to keep by their doors and have them write secret notes to each other.
Our kids like to play dress up together and put on a show. This is one of their favorite pastimes.
I hope you enjoyed a peek into what works in our little world.
Do you have any special traditions or tips for building the friendships of your children? If so, please leave a comment below!
Thanks for reading!