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Handling sibling rivalry
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 00:00

Sibling rivalry

How to help your kids get along

The term sibling refers to children who are related and living in the same family. Sibling rivalry has existed as long as families. Think back to Biblical times and Joseph’s problems with his brothers or of the dreadful time Cinderella had with her stepsisters!

It seems strange that whenever the word sibling comes up, the word rivalry seems sure to follow despite the fact that there are many solid sibling relationships in families (brothers and sisters who like and enjoy one another). However, it is the rivalry that gets attention the proverbial squeaky wheel.

What causes sibling rivalry? Think about it. Siblings don’t choose the family they are born into, don’t choose each other. They may be of different sex, are probably of different age and temperament, and. worst of all, they have to share the one person or the two people they most want for themselves: their parents. Other factors include:
Position in the family, for example, the oldest child may be burdened with responsibilities for the younger children or the younger child spends his life trying to catch up with an older sibling;
Gender, for instance, a son may hate his sister because his father seems more gentle with her. On the other hand, a daughter may wish she could go on the hunting trip with her father and brother;
Age, a five and an eight year old can play some games together but when they become ten and thirteen, they will probably be poles apart.

The most important factor, however, is parental attitude. Parents have been taught that they must be impartial but this can be extremely difficult. It’s inevitable that parents will feel differently about children who have different personalities with differing needs, dispositions. and place in the family. Picture the age-old conflict of the young child whining. “It’s not fair. Why can’t I stay up until nine-thirty like Johnny?” Fairness has nothing to do with it. Susie is younger and needs more sleep. It’s as simple as that, and parents are advised never to give in to the old “it’s not fair” strategy. Besides, when Susie is finally allowed to stay up until nine-thirty, it will seem a real privilege to her.

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The Pros and Cons of Gated Communities
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 00:00

How do you feel about living in a Gated Community?

Pros and Cons of Gated Communities

When you think of a gated community, what comes to mind? Probably things like safety, security, exclusivity, expensive homes, and more. But what else lies behind those gates?

Choosing to live in a gated community is a personal preference, ere are a few points to consider before coming down on either side of the fence.

Benefits of Living in a Gated Community

The following are some of the most common benefits that people who enjoy living in gated communities will cite:

Sense of security. The comings and goings of the neighborhood are monitored which tends to make people feel safer about living in a gated community than they would in a typical neighborhood. These areas tend to have low crime rates which confirms the feeling that these are safe neighborhoods.

Privacy of the neighborhood. This monitoring of activity does more than create a sense of safety; it creates a feeling that this is a private neighborhood where you can conduct your daily business without a lot of interference from the outside world.

Quiet atmosphere and general beauty of the area. The gated community tends to be quiet and peaceful with a beautiful appearance. Landscaping is maintained and noise is controlled so it’s possible to feel really at peace even when living in and around large urban areas.

Traffic Free. Traffic and speeding cars are also reduced behind the gates, making it quieter and safer for children to play and ride bicycles within these neighborhoods. You likely won’t have the morning commute using your street as a shortcut either, as much as they may want to.

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