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Review: How To Make the Best of Sibling Rivalry DVD

How-to-make-the-best-of-sibling-rivalryI’ll admit that I snorted a bit when I first received a review copy of the Love & Logic DVD How To Make the Best of Sibling Rivalry, partly because the idea of “making the best” of my kids’ squabbling seemed so absurd, and partly because there doesn’t seem to be any logic when it comes to the arguments my kids get into so frequently.

If your kids are still babies, and the worst you have to deal with is one kid smacking the other with a toy truck and then both of them wailing, I should probably warn you that their disputes are probably going to evolve into something much harder to deal with. I’m not saying it’s horrible, but I am saying it can come as a shock when two kids start arguing in a way that is fundamentally designed to work on each other’s nerves. It’s no longer about wanting to play with a certain toy, but instead becomes a matter of “How can I drive my sibling totally bananas?”

Enter Love & Logic

You’ve probably already guessed that a lot of parenting is a by-the-seat-of-your-pants thing, but when someone comes along and offers you some real, workable solutions to some common parenting dilemmas, things start to make a little more sense. That’s the case with this DVD. It’s easy to watch and presented in a simple way that just makes sense.

Handing the problem back

A lot of different ideas are presented within this DVD, but one of the main ideas that really stuck out to me is the idea of handing the problem back to your squabbling kids. This basically means that when my two kids come tearing down the hallway screaming that they’ve been wronged by one another, I don’t try to solve the problem. I don’t try to figure out who started it. I just acknowledge that there is an issue and have them work it out themselves.

It sounds too easy, right? There is a lot more to it, and the DVD explains it all very well. My husband watched the DVD with me and the next day was frantically approached by our kids who were mid-argument. Instead of punishing them or trying to get to the bottom of the mess, he simply said, “Huh. Looks like you two have a problem to work out together.” He said the kids were so confused by his reaction that they stopped arguing and backed away slowly.

Do I recommend this? Yep.

Everything within the DVD makes sense and is doable. And really, any parenting expert who is going to tell me that it’s not my job to solve my kids’ fights gets a thumbs up from me.

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