Keeping the peace between siblings is no easy task, especially during a pandemic when you’re housebound.
Keeping the peace between siblings is no easy task, especially during a pandemic when you’re housebound. However, community member Sarah has found that her kids have developed a new awareness for each other’s needs, we’ll even get her daughter Josie’s perspective on the topic. Tune in to hear what our expert Claudia has to say about sibling relationships, and learn how you can help your kids bond in stressful situations.
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Have your kids grown closer to each other
or are they struggling to get along?
Hi, I’m Claudia from the Understood team.
Today’s story is about two siblings
who have learned to support and comfort each other
And it comes from Josie and her mother Sarah in Chicago.
“Sometimes it is hard being
“with my brother all the time.
“We get frustrated with each other and fight.
“like we’ve gotten closer during the pandemic.
“I try to support him when he’s having a hard time
“with his teachers or with our parents.
“When he’s feeling sad or scared,
“I give him his favorite stuffed animal.
“When he doesn’t want comfort,
“I just give him space and tell him,
‘I understand but I’m here if you need me.’”
These are difficult times,
and being with our siblings all day long
can be challenging and stressful.
But also it’s an opportunity for siblings to come together
and truly develop a much stronger relationship.
Josie’s mom, Sarah, adds:
“I really thought that the massive amount of time
“spent together during the pandemic
“would make it hard for our kiddos to get along.
“I was delightfully wrong.
“There are definitely still days
“that consist almost entirely of bickering,
“but I have also seen a new closeness
“and awareness of each other’s needs.
“Both of my kids have ADHD,
“which impacts them significantly,
“that the work they have already done
“to cope with their learning differences
“have prepared them for this moment.
The silver lining in all of this
despite the increased anxiety and stress,
these times present opportunities
for teachers, for parents, for all of us
and navigate these difficult situations.
Well, by providing structure at home
that is predictable schedules
and clear boundaries and guidelines.
by focusing on what is working,
on focusing on celebrating their strengths.
Here are some key things to remember from today’s video.
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This post was previously published on YouTube.
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