Allow Negative Emotions Between Siblings

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  1. Do you have any advice for a 7 year old brother who, at times, needs to show more patience toward his younger brother (4.5 yrs)? He is not telling his younger brother that he hates him or anything extreme but he can snap at his brother who is not doing anything necessarily to provoke him. Thanks!

    1. There is a good children’s book that introcudes the idea of patience titled Remy the Rhino Learns Patience. There is another book that highlights a younger sibling copies an older out of love titled Do Like Kyla.
      You might talk to him occasionally, when all is well, about how much his younger brother loves him and how it must feel to be snapped at. Do this in a real calm, low key way. To best sink in it shouldn’t feel like a discipline conversation at all.
      In the moment, you might give brief empathy and have him find a better way to say, “I can hear you are upset, find a nicer way to say that please.” If he is unable, give him a bit of time or brainstorm a few examples.

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