I have decided that I will devote Saturdays to ways to foster sibling relationships. Some of these ways will be using RDI and some will be just regular ways. It may be with my children or with my adult siblings. Either way, I feel that it is important to work on these relationships. I want to foster a close relationship between my children and to repair the relationship with my own siblings. Come and join me on my journey!
This week, it’s all about my own children. I wrote an earlier post about autism and siblings. Madison has the exceptional role of being a sister to a special needs brother. I can help her relate to having a brother but I dont’ know what it’s like to have a special needs one. (Unless you count having a dork as a brother!!! Just kidding, Spike!) I believe that it is especially important to foster a close relationship between the two of them as she may be his caretaker as an adult.
One of the things that Michael and I require of both of them is that they treat each other with respect and kindness. This can be hard to do in any family. It is extremely important that they learn this at home so that they will be prepared to do it in the real world. You will get far in this world if you follow that rule. Not only that but God requires it of all Christians. It’s a tough lesson to learn so it’s important that they learn it at home.
So, practical ways that we implement this at home. Hmmmm, tough one. I try to role model for them. I am not always successful. I encourage them to find ways to help the other child. For example, Logan is up early on Wednesdays so he walks the dog for Madison. Madison likes to cook for Logan and she often cooks for him. I plan activites and games for them to play together. We do several subjects together during our lessons like science, history and Bible. I purposefully find things for them to do together.
So, tell me , what are ways that you foster a close relationship between your children?