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Listen in as Heather Shumaker and Laura Markham talk about helping kids get along

“When the second one came along, it took three years before the older one accepted or expressed any interest. There was a lot of antipathy towards the baby. Just did not like the new baby, no interest at all. I was confident that someday they would get on, at least respect each other..... but after three years, I must admit, my trust was beginning to wear thin because I thought, “Are they ever going to like each other?” -- Heather Shumaker, author of It's Okay Not to Share

Today on my Virtual Book Tour, I stopped to chat with Heather Shumaker, the author of It's Okay Not to Share and Other Renegade Rules. This fantastic book addresses all aspects of peer relationships for preschoolers -- sharing, exclusion, roughhousing, play, emotions. It's on my very short list of essential books for parents of young children.

And today, YOU get to listen in as Heather Shumaker and I discuss all these issues. We talk about Siblings, of course, since we're celebrating the publication of my new book on siblings, Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings: How to Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life.  But no matter how many children you have, Heather's wisdom -- and the wise words she gives you to say -- will help you support your child as he or she learns to get along with other kids.

Some highlights to listen for:

  • What to say instead of  "Use your words!"
  • When your older child hates the baby.
  • What to say when a child at the playground says "That child did X to me!"
  • Why roughhousing is so important for siblings, and how to make it work.
  • What if you can't listen to any more of your child's crying?
  • How do children learn to set boundaries with each other?

Here's the link to Heather's website, where you can download the audio:

Here's the link to download the transcript of our conversation: 

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Here's what Heather Shumaker says about the book: "Brothers and sisters rejoice! Here's a family roadmap to transform bickering kids into a connected sibling team. One third of kids have a warm caring relationship with their siblings. Read this book and your family can join the ranks."

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