Shannon Philpott-Sanders

Writing, Reflecting, Teaching, Parenting

Activities to Keep Siblings From Fighting

Screen shot 2012-12-18 at 7.33.49 PMPublished December 2012: Mom.Me

Activities to Keep Siblings From Fighting
Tips to maximize teamwork and minimize rivalry

Article Excerpt:

Siblings are naturally going to bicker and battle on a regular basis, no matter how much you try to keep the peace. “It is unrealistic to expect siblings not to fight,” says Jamie Rishikof, a Massachusetts-based licensed psychologist specializing in child and adolescent therapy. “They are rivals because they are thrust into a situation of constant negotiation and sharing. They have to share mom, dad, the house, the TV and the car — and not by choice.” Continue reading


December 18, 2012 Posted by | Feature Stories, Magazine Writing, Sample Work | , , , | Leave a comment

Howdy Neighbor

After spending two weeks listening to my children fight with each other about anything and everything possible, we resorted back to a plan we adopted last summer. They became neighbors, not siblings.

 As odd and unconventional as the plan sounds, it has worked for us in the past and evolved out of desperation. My son and daughter are at ages (9 and 11) where they both want independence, they don’t want to be bothered with a younger brother or older sister, and they don’t seem to mesh as well as they did when they were younger. Continue reading

January 3, 2010 Posted by | Blog, Parenting, Reflecting | , , , , , | Leave a comment