Parenting Siblings

How to value the unique qualities of each child.

The Differences

Despite having genes in common, differences between siblings are the rule, not the exception. As their children grow up, parents are often surprised to discover how different each child is from the others. And while diversity and differences may be a source of pride for parents, they may also generate confusion and frustration.

Differences between siblings can involve:

  • Temperament
  • Interests
  • Confidence
  • Resilience
  • Vulnerability
  • Social interactions
  • Sense of security
  • Achievement
  • Physical and mental health
  • Rate of physical and sexual maturation
  • Physical appearance

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