Siblings Without Rivalry Workshop

Takoma Attachment Parenting is pleased to offer a six-week workshop based on the book Siblings Without Rivalry by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish.

The goal of the Siblings Without Rivalry workshop is to help you help your children learn to live together. During each session you will learn and practice specific skills that reduce friction and make harmony possible. You'll find out how to:
  • Help children express negative feelings without hurting each other.
  • Treat children unequally and still be fair.
  • Free your children from harmful roles such as "bully" or "victim".
  • Respond helpfully when children fight.
  • Promote an atmosphere of cooperation rather than competition.
  • Resolve conflicts peacefully.
What the Sessions Cover
  1. Helping Siblings Deal With Their Feeling About Each Other
    What happens to your children when their hostile feelings for each other are ignored or denied? Four specific methods for children expressing their negative feelings to each other without doing damage.
  2. Keeping Children Separate and Unequal
    How siblings react when compared to each other -- favorably or unfavorably. Effective alternatives to comparisons. How siblings feel about always being treated equally. Ways to treat children unequally and still be fair.
  3. Siblings in Roles
    Why your children are often cast, and cast each other, into different roles. A look at how powerfully these roles affect their relationships with each other. Skills that free each child to become his or her whole self.
  4. When the Kids Fight
    What can you do when fighting breaks out between children? An exploration of commonly used strategies that backfire. A chance to practice the skills that reduce rage and motivate children to work out their own solutions.
  5. Problem Solving
    A method for helping children with the problems they can't work out by themselves. A simple ten-step approach that enables adults to sit down with the young combatants who then move toward resolving their conflicts.
  6. A Final Review
    Time to review and consolidate your skills. Exercises give you practice in applying everything you learned to potentially explosive situations. Finally, an opportunity to take a second look at your own adult sibling relationships from your new perspective.


Six Tuesdays: Sep 21, Sep 28, Oct 5, Oct 19, Oct 26, Nov 2. (Note: There will be no class on Oct 12.)
Sessions will begin at 7 pm and continue for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Home in Takoma Park, MD (directions will be sent to participants)

$50 (including workbook)
TAP dues-paying members will receive a $5 discount.
Other discounts/scholarships (i.e. for additional caregivers, sole caregivers, or on hardship basis) will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Suzy Stimler

Minimum of 6, maximum of 10 participants.

For more information or to register, contact