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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Siblings Without Rivalry {Book Review}

Siblings Without Rivalry:
How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too

Already best-selling authors with How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish turned their minds to the battle of the siblings. Parents themselves, they were determined to figure out how to help their children get along. The result was Siblings Without Rivalry. This wise, groundbreaking book gives parents the practical tools they need to cope with conflict, encourage cooperation, reduce competition, and make it possible for children to experience the joys of their special relationship. With humor and understanding, much gained from raising their own children, Faber and Mazlish explain how and when to intervene in fights, provide suggestions on how to help children channel their hostility into creative outlets, and demonstrate how to treat children unequally and still be fair. Updated to incorporate fresh thoughts after years of conducting workshops for parents and professionals, this edition also includes a new afterword.

First published in 1987, the book is now available for the first time in Norton paperback (published on April 9, 2012). The newly updated Siblings Without Rivalry offers unprecedented insights into sibling relationships and shows how we can incorporate these ideas into our everyday lives.

Each skill is illustrated by the thoughts and stories of real parents. The author talks about the communication skills to reduce rivalry and work out their own solutions between siblings. This is a very helpful book that gives you ideas on how to cope with your kids.

WHERE TO BUY: The book is available on

About the Authors:

The authors are former members of the faculty of the New School for Social Research in New York and Family Life Institute of C.W. Post College of Long Island University and have appeared on every major talk show from Good Morning America to Oprah.

Adele Faber was graduated from Queens College with a B.A. in theater and drama, earned her master's degree in education from New York University, and taught in the New York City high schools for eight years.

Elaine Mazlish was graduated from New York University with a bachelor of science degree in theater arts and has worked with children at Grosvenor House and Lenox Hill Settlements. She is also a professional artist and composer.

In the past two decades they have been honored by their inclusion in Who's Who in America. Each author is the parent of three children. Visit Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish at

Disclosure: I was given a complimentary copy of the book from the Publishing Company/PR Firm in exchange of my opinion in this post. Any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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