For Educators: Book about Brothers and Sisters


For Educators:  Why consider a book about brothers and sisters?  Shouldn’t understanding siblings be the job of counselors, parents, siblings themselves?

Of course, these groups should/want to know more about brothers and sisters. Sill, there are many reasons why understanding siblings can help you be a better educator and to use your knowledge in the classroom and beyond.

How Can Understanding Brothers and Sisters Help You Be A Better Educator:

  • Facts about the sibling relationship
    • The sibling relationship is life’s longest-lasting relationship
    • Siblings teach each other how to argue, compromise
    • Sibling relationship affect self-esteem
    • Siblings model behavior that includes attitudes toward school and education, in general
    • Brothers and sisters can affect each other’s choice of study and, ultimately choice of profession
  • Tools to evaluate effects of siblings on student’s work and behavior – If a child is having academic and/or behavior problems in school, it is key to consider the whole child, including his/her relationships with siblings.
  • Benefits of close, healthy sibling connections – Good sibling relationships usually improve a student’s social connections outside of the family.  Close sibling ties in the home improve a student’s ability to settle disputes with fellow students in the classroom, to compromise.
  • How to talk with students/parents about how siblings may be affecting them in school – Many educators focus on parent/child relationships. But it’s important to open a discussion with students and their parents about what’s going on at home.  Does a child feel he is treated fairly?  How do parents handle sibling rivalry?  Does a parent unwittingly favor one child over another?  These discussions can shed light on a student’s self-esteem and behavior in the classroom and encourage parents to consider how their actions and feelings affect their children in the home and in school.

The more educators know about relationships between brothers and sisters, the more effective they will be in assessing students academic and social behavior, how to talk to them about their siblings and how to address any concerns with parents.



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