- Be united as parents – especially when to comes to indulgences and discipline.
- Try not to parallel parent – which is when fathers look after the boys and mothers the girls. Similarly, try not to group them together as ‘the boys’ and ‘the girls’.
- While you want to be fair to your children, bear in mind that children need different things at different times. Always try to help your child understand their jealousy of his or her sibling.
- Being able to see the individuality of each child improves their self-esteem and helps them tolerate their competitiveness.
- Talk to your partner at the dinner table and let the children witness the grown-up relationship that they should aspire to. The children will be more interested in what you are talking about and stop trying to divide you by bickering.
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