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May 2012 • #30
A Note from the Medical Editor

The end of the school year is fast approaching, and I’ll bet your kids are “on the countdown." Summertime can be a time of relaxation, vacations, camps, family time and fun. Yet, every parent knows it can also be a time of boredom, complaining and increased sibling arguments.

In this newsletter, we focus on siblings and offer some effective ways to parent brothers and sisters while still keeping your summer sanity. Read on to learn more about how siblings get along the way they do, and how you can help them learn to live together in peace.

~Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP
Medical Editor,

Featured Articles
Types of Sibling Relationships
Did you know that almost 80% of children grow up with at least one brother or sister? In today’s world, brothers and sisters come in many forms. Learn more.  Go >
Sibling Rivalry
Do your children fight over toys, tattle, tease, and criticize each other? Here are some tips to manage sibling conflict and keep the peace.  Go >
Siblings of Children with Chronic Illnesses
Siblings of an ill child experience a range of emotional reactions, both positive and negative. Acknowledging and discussing their feelings, and just giving them space to be themselves, can help.  Go >
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Sometimes older siblings assume the “third parent” role. Be aware and sensitive to the number of adult responsibilities your older children are taking on.

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