Review of Siblings Without Rivalry
A review of “Siblings Without Rivalry”, by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazelish, and its usefulness as a resource for parents.
“The book, Siblings Without Rivalry, by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazelish offers an abundance of useful and applicable methods for dealing with the common problems that arise in the parenting of siblings. I found the book to be humorous, eye opening and helpful. As a younger sister who was constantly battling my older sibling, I was able to relate to many of the typical childhood scenarios that were dealt with. For each of these scenarios the authors first describe the source of conflict and explain why the most typical parental response is often times not the most effective. They then offer alternative ways to respond to the conflict showing why the alternatives work better. Each of these “lessons” is illustrated with a simple “Do this, not this” cartoon. The explanations are easy to understand and are thoroughly convincing. This book is a valuable resource for parents and future parents, and it may even serve to help grown siblings work through resentful feelings left over from childhood. The cartoons illustrating the text are a nice touch, keeping the text light and entertaining to read.”