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Siblings That Squabble Don’t Have To Punch and Shout

Posted on Jun 08 2016 under Children, Previous Programs



Summer is ending and the school year draws near. Our kids have had lots of fun times together. Siblings can be the best of friends, but conflict and disagreements are also a natural part of their ever-changing relationships. We may not always realize it, but we have many ways to help our kids learn how to “fight fair” – to work out disagreements without punching or shouting.

Join me and my returning guest, Parent Coach Janet Bonnin of Fine-Tuned Families. We will dive into a great discussion with many tips and ideas you can take to head off big “blow ups” and guide constructive communication. We will also be joined by a super mother of eight, Maggie Luevano, and two of her kids who are part of the Hill Country musical group, “Mariachi ‘L'”. Maggie and her kids will share stories of growing up in this fantastic family, a brief history of the group’s formation, and how the family has dealt with sibling disagreements over the years. Don’t miss this great conversation!      [display_podcast]

Mariachi is only part of what these youths do.  Three of the members are pursuing college degrees at this time, three are in high school, one is in middle school and one is in elementary.  One is a nationally accomplished long distance runner and 3 others are also runners.  One is an avid Soccer player, one is in ROTC and is hoping to have a career in the military, one is involved in volleyball, one was involved in football.  One should be student teaching soon, two are in band, one is in choir, three are Eagle Scouts and 2 others are in Boy Scouts and two volunteer at a clinic.
Janet Bonnin is a Life Coach, Industrial Engineer and mother of three. She works with busy parents to strengthen family teamwork, parent more effectively, de-stress, and get more done with less effort at work and at home. Parents who work with Janet create deeper, more loving relationships and focus on raising awesome kids!

For more information visit: Fined-Tuned Families and Mariachi ‘L’

Mariachi “L” Photo by: Bill Sullivan Photography

Assignment for Week:
Practice using these statements when you find yourself in an argument with your family member.

Say to the other person you have conflict with “When _(describe behavior)_ happened, I felt _(emotion or feeling)_. What I would like is _(make a request of person)__.

Here is an example. “When you barge into my room unannounced my privacy is invaded. I feel angry. What I would like is for you to knock on the door first and respect my privacy.”

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