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Happy Valentine’s Day! Focusing on love and friendship is a great way to start out any week.

The past couple of days, as I’ve watched my children work away at their Valentines, my thoughts have turned to that special brand of love and friendship developed between children, especially siblings.

We all know that sometimes kids just don’t get along. When I hear my son yell “She’s bugging me!” I often find that “bugging him” was exactly what my daughter was trying to do. Pestering, getting into each other’s things, and vying for parents’ attention, are all part of the norm between brothers and sisters.

Still, we all want something better for our kids. At one point or another, we all find ourselves saying, “Someday, you’re going to be each others’ best friends…”And that’s probably true, but what I want to know is, what can we do now, as their mothers, to help “someday” happen sooner?

Question: How do you cultivate caring relationships between your kids?


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