It Starts with Developing Virtue

Dealing with sibling rivalry is a subset of overall parenting responsibilities. As mentioned in my series on character and virtue, the key role of parents is to build “virtue” in their children. Developing virtue in each child prepares them to become responsible citizens within their family, community, and the world.

https://georgesecko.wordpress.com/2011/07/31/parents-as-virtue-builders/

Equally important is the need for each parent to reassure each child that he or she is safe, special, and beloved. Show each child that there is plenty of love for everyone in the family.

Fulfilling the role of parent begins at the individual level and grows outward to others as the child’s relationships expand. The framework of virtues was introduced in:

https://georgesecko.wordpress.com/2011/08/01/stages-of-virtues-development/

Group1 – The Foundation
Honesty
Friendship

Group 2 – Caring
Love
Compassion
Empathy
Loyalty

Group 3 – Self-Responsibility
Work, Industriousness
Self-Discipline, Self-control
Integrity, Genuine Self Esteem

Group 4 – Others
Respect
Fairness

Group 5 – The Extra Mile
Courage, Initiative
Perseverance, Resilience
Optimism
Justice

Group 6 – The Ultimate
Wisdom, Vision
Gratitude
Humility

Group 7 – Is There More?
Faith

That’s a long list of desirable qualities. It’s a life-long journey that won’t happen unless each child gets ample one-on-one time with each parent.

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