Ending Sibling Rivalry {book review}

In her new book, Ending Sibling Rivalry: Moving Your Kids from War to Peace, author Sarah Hamaker shows us how to put a stop to the bickering and foster cooperative relationships in our children.

I’ve written about my struggles with sibling rivalry before, and while I knew that this is a real issue that many parents deal with, one of the most interesting parts of Sarah’s book was the research on sibling rivalry and the accounts that detail how this issue has plagued siblings ever since siblings existed.

Ending Sibling Rivalry: Moving Your Kids From War to Peace, by Sarah Hamaker, is available now. Click here to read my review and grab your copy today!

In Ending Sibling Rivalry: Moving Your Kids from War to Peace, I really appreciated not only the history of sibling rivalry, but also learning about parent’s actions – i.e. favoritism, double-standards, lack of fairness – that contribute to sibling quarrels.

Sarah also offers excellent advice and strategies on how to make the changes that will lead children to peace. Since implementing a few of her tips, I’ve seen some improvement in their relationships. Less bickering and more cooperating.

For me, the best advice comes from this line:

Overall, our goal is to guide our children from sibling rivalry to family harmony. The main tool for us to do that is to truly love our kids.

I could not agree with that more! When I started having one-on-ones with my kids this year, there was a noticeable difference in their interactions with each other. I wholeheartedly believe this was due, in part, to me stepping up the lovin’ and really focusing on them individually without any sibling competition.

Ending Sibling Rivalry: Moving Your Kids from War to Peace is definitely a must-read and excellent resource for parents with more than one child. The book {eBook and Paperback} is available from book retailers and online at Amazon.com.

Read a sample chapter from Beacon Hill Press here: Sample Pages

As a certified Leadership Parenting Coach™, Sarah Hamaker guides parents in identifying, discussing and correcting bad parenting habits. Sarah also assists parents in learning successful behaviors absent from their current child-rearing repertoire. She answers reader questions in a weekly parenting column on Fairfax City Patch.com, as well as blogging about parenting on her website, www.parentcoachnova.com. Sarah’s book Ending Sibling Rivalry: Moving Your Kids from War to Peace is scheduled for release from Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City in October 2014.

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Disclosure Statement: I received a complimentary advanced reading copy of Ending Sibling Rivalry for the purposes of this review. However, all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. Please view my disclosure policy for more information.

Comments 10

  1. i always fought with my brother when we were kids but then we got over it. i think it is just a phase that all kids go through

  2. Perfect book for my sister, she has a 6 year old boy and 3 year old girl and she deals with her son (my nephew) being so mean to her daughter (My niece) at times, very jealous of her at times, and she can’t quite figure out why he is acting like this. She hands down equal punishments, never favors one over the other, and so on. My niece is always so thoughtful of her brother, she always thinks of him even when he is not around, offering things to him like her snacks and such, or saving something she made at school for him, but he never does the same thoughtful things for her. It can be so disturbing sometimes and frustrating.

  3. i wish my parents had read this, even today, the 4 of us dont talk at all. my older brother is very vicious towards me. my parents showed so much favoritism to the boys than the 2 girls. i was the youngest and my oldest brother is almost 20 yrs older. by the time i was born, i was a mistake anyway, my father was never around to do anything with me. my older siblings were spoiled rotten, got everything they wanted, never had to work, got their school paid for….nothing was left for me….however, when my parents needed something or someone to care for them, i was the one they turned to..b/c i had to learn early to take care of my self. i had moved out of the house when i was 20 and started working when i was 15.

  4. Now this sounds good, first book review I’ve read that makes me wanna go get the book! Wonder if I can get it in Kindle fire form??

  5. I really need to read this book. I am helping raise my grandkids and they get into a fight every day. They play good together for a while and next thing I know they are fighting. Thank you for sharing

  6. I need to buy this for my Daughter she has 4 boys and 3 of them are close to gather and they are allways fighting and geting mad at each other and she could use somthing to help her bring harmony in the house so will share this post with her

  7. My girlfriend’s son and daughter are always fighting and claim to hate each other. I am going to share this post with her because this will be beneficial to the family as a whole.

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