Rules for Siblings

You want your kids to do more than just get along with each other. You want them to be best friends.

Teaching kids to love and respect each other begins by laying a strong foundation while they’re still young. And foundations are built on clear-cut rules and principles.

Such as the importance of being honest. Strong families have to be able to trust each other without question. After all, if you can’t trust your brothers and sisters, who else can you turn to?

It’s also important to respect each other’s privacy. Kids need to know that home is a safe place to be — a place where they feel comfortable and secure. That means no rummaging through each other’s things or “borrowing” them without permission.

Learning to forgive and forget is another critical principle. We all make mistakes, and a little compassion goes a long way toward building a strong family bond.

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What kind of memories do you have from your childhood? Do you recall feelings of warmth and love — or stress and chaos?

How you see yourself as an adult depends largely on how your parents saw you when you were young. That’s a good thing to keep in mind when it comes to our own kids.

Kids can quickly grow discouraged if attempts to make friends come up short. Encourage your child that it takes repeated attempts to connect with others, and that friendships are built through a number of shared experiences.

So, what is the true secret to happiness? In a word, it’s attitude.

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It isn’t the major tragedies that tear so many marriages apart, it’s the unhealthy choices that couples make on a daily basis.

Would you be able to tell if you, or someone you loved, were an alcoholic?

How do you keep sanity in the family when life goes screaming by at a hundred miles an hour?

When was the last time you gave your marriage a "tune up?"

You wouldn't let your car go years without checking under the hood, so why not give your marriage the same attention?

All couples argue from time to time. It’s how we argue that makes a difference in the outcome.

Disagreement is inevitable—especially in a marriage. But there are right and wrong ways to argue.

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