Summer is coming faster than we think, and that means time for summer camps, sports practices and… sibling fighting. Today, we’re discussing the most common struggles when parenting siblings, how much fighting is normal, when to intervene when conflict arises, how to discipline each child differently when needed, and and how to foster long-term connection between our kids.
We have the pleasure of talking with Jennifer Jackson-Rice, a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker at PCIT (Parent Child Interaction Therapy) of Kansas City. She specializes in coaching parents to increase family cohesion and decrease conflictual, disruptive and attention seeking behaviors in the family system.
Meet Jennifer Jackson-Rice
Her belief is in using evidence based treatments that improve daily functioning of children and their families. She has experience working with children (ages 2-18) and their families with a wide array of diagnoses: attention/hyperactivity disorders, anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders and post traumatic stress. She specializes in coaching parents to increase family cohesion and decrease conflictual, disruptive and attention seeking behaviors in the family system. Along with coaching parents, she has worked in the area of trauma and traumatic grief. Her strength is in helping families and children understand the impact of trauma and to teach ways to manage emotions and intrusive thoughts. Throughout her career, she has provided support and guidance as children process their traumatic experiences.
Board Games We’re Loving
Jennifer shared that playing board games is a great way to improve and build on sibling relational skills, so here are some of Megan and Sarah’s favorites!
This Disney Game for kids game is all about silly drawings and ridiculous guesses. Just like a game of ‘Telephone’, players guess and re-sketch your masterpiece as it’s passed around the group.
It’s fun, it’s challenging, it’s exciting, it’s SEQUENCE! Play a card from your hand, and place a chip on a corresponding space on the game board. When you have five in a row, it’s a SEQUENCE. Learn to block your opponents or remove their chips, and watch out for the Jacks – they’re wild!
Sneaky Snacky Squirrel
Your forest friends are hungry and they need your help. Spin the spinner, squeeze the matching colored acorn with your Squirrel Squeezers and place it into your log. Be the first to fill your log with delicious acorns and you win. You could also spin “pick an acorn,” “steal an acorn,” or “lose an acorn,” so be strategic. Develops matching, sorting, strategic thinking, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and pre-handwriting skills.
The Pancake Queen, The Ladybug Queen and ten of their closest friends have fallen under under a sleeping spell and it’s your job to wake them up! Use strategy, quick thinking and a little luck to wake these napping nobles from their royal slumbers. Play a knight to steal a queen or take a chance on a juggling jester. But watch out or wicked potions and dastardly dragon! The player who wakes the most queens wins.
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