Sibling rivalry can start young, and for many parents, becomes even more contentious when siblings become school-aged. No matter what your kids fight about, and no matter how obnoxious it can be, disputes between siblings are completely normal, and are actually an intrinsic part of a child’s cognitive, language and social emotional development. In their interactions with siblings, children begin to formulate their own self-awareness and understanding of fairness, and learn how to work together respectfully and to communicate effectively.
This isn’t an easy learning process, and conflict is bound to arise along the way.
As a parent, you can help facilitate more peaceful and positive relations between your children by supporting the development of key communication skills that can help them get along. If you’re struggling to manage fighting siblings, try engaging them in yoga partner poses. Partner poses not only challenge children to exercise their communication skills, but also encourage them to problem solve as a team and to handle their disputes more rationally, calmly and clearly.
Have an only child? Parents of singletons aren’t exempt from these issues! All children are likely to come up with the same types of challenges with their peers and friends.
- Begin seated facing your partner.
- Inhale, bend your knees so your toes touch your partner’s.
- Exhale, flex your feet to meet your partner’s feet.
- Inhale, lean in and gently clasp your partner’s forearms or wrists.
- Exhale, press into your partner’s feet, lift one foot, then the other.
- Inhale, sit up tall, finding Boat Pose.
- When you and your partner are ready, slowly bring your feet back down to the ground.
- Stand facing your partner.
- Inhale, reach your arms out and gently clasp your partner’s forearms or wrists.
- Exhale, bend your knees deeply, finding Chair Pose.
- Inhale, lean back and support one another.
- When you and your partner are ready, slowly return to standing.
- Decide with your partner who will begin in Downward Dog first (Partner #1).
- Partner #1: Find Downward Dog towards the back of the mat.
- Partner #2:
- Inhale, stand between the first partner’s hands and face away from your partner.
- Exhale, walk forward, place your hands on the ground.
- Inhale, press into your hands, lift your right foot onto your partner’s lower back.
- Exhale, press into your foot and your hands, lift your left foot and place it on the other side of your partner’s back.
- Inhale, press evenly into your hands and feet.
- To exit, very carefully bring one foot down. Once down, bring the second food down gently.
- Repeat by switching roles.
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