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Sibling Relationships

"Parenting..." Webb, Meckstroth and Tolan, Guiding the Gifted Child: A Practical Source for Parents and Teachers

See also ... Parenting Gifted Children and Parenting Gifted Girls

The Effects of Sibling Competition by Sylvia Rimm
Sometimes, second or third children feel inadequate by comparison to a first sibling and thus search for different areas of expertise. Parents often reinforce those differences because they want to encourage self-esteem in each child and also fear that the second or third child may not be as skilled as the first child. That process often results in parents labeling their children...
Gifted and Nongifted Siblings by Nancy M. Robinson
We expected to find that the nongifted siblings were more anxious and depressed, that they were poorer students (relative to their ability), and that they thought less well of themselves...  To our surprise, in each group there were children whose adjustment and relationships were far from perfect, but where there were differences between the children, it turned out to be an asset to have a gifted brother or sister...
Life In The Asynchronous Family by Kathi Kearney
From asynchrony within the gifted child to asynchrony in the family to asynchrony in the larger society, from the "early empty nest" syndrome to schooling and other bureaucracies, a great summary of life with the gifted child!
And the follow up to the "Life with Max" article quoted in Kathi's article, More Life with Max by Patti Estes
Siblings of Children with Disabilities (ERIC FAQ)
Gifted children may also have siblings with disabilities, or siblings who are Twice Exceptional, that is gifted and learning disabled .  How are children affected by having a brother or sister with a disability? What support can be provided to siblings of students with disabilities?  This digest offers answers and suggestions...
Tips for Reducing Sibling Rivalry by Sylvia Rimm
Sibling rivalry is not likely to ever be eliminated, nor should it be; Don't try to mediate or determine which child is to blame; Try to build positive and cooperative relationships...
Uniquely Gifted - Siblings of Twice-exceptional children by Meredith Warshaw
It can seem unfair to a child when parents have different expectations for different children. There are no easy answers. One thing that sometimes helps is for parents to explain that that they expect the same amount of difficulty for each child where difficulty is measured by how difficult something is for the child...

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