Siblings Without Rivalry by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish

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Stars: *****

This book was read for the Non-fiction Five and 888 Challenges.

Siblings Without Rivalry is written by the authors of How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, a book which I own but haven’t gotten to reading, although I have heard MANY good things about it. My kids are only 2 ½ and 15 months and they aren’t bad with each other (yet!) but wanted to know what to do BEFORE they tried to off each other.

This book is superb. The authors held a course for parents on siblings and talked, gave them info sheets; role-played and gave them homework. Each week they would report how things had gone and talk over anything that was needed before learning more. The authors have recounted what went on in that class, including the stories of the parents putting the lessons into practice in this book. Included with it are copies of the info sheets, including comics that illustrate how it works. The insight from the parents was an awesome help and the comics made understanding the lessons easier. It was almost like being in the class myself!

I cannot say enough praise for this book. The version I read is the 10th Anniversary edition which includes three new chapters on dealing with younger kids, dealing with kids who are home alone for long periods and some new and important things to remember.

As is quoted by Ann Landers on the back of the book:

“Have I got a book for you! Run, don’t walk, to your nearest bookstore.”

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I've been a nonfiction lover for as long as I can remember. I love children's nonfiction as well and love to share my knowledge and the books I gained them from, with the world. I wish more people would give nonfiction a chance.