This week Huma, Karina and Alison continue their chat about sibling rivalry! They explore how to balance their family's needs, understanding your neurodiverse children's dynamics, how to help your children develop and maintain a healthy relationship and much more!
00:00 - This Life, the chronicles of Autism moms podcast, series 1 episode 13 – Sibling Rivalry, Part 2.
00:30 - Alison kicks off the show
00:40 – How do you deal with negativity and judgment from others when out with your children? 02:50 – How would you deal with that kind of situation now? 03:30 – Why do I have to still explain/justify my child’s behaviour? There is still a huge lack of awareness of the condition. 08:00 – How do siblings manage having friends over to play? 15:00 – Do you make plans for your children as a unit? At what point do they become individuals with different needs and different schedules?
20:00 – Top Tips for getting the balance with the siblings? - Tell your kids to be comfortable with their home situation and not to be embarrassed by it but it is something to benefit and grow from. - To not feel guilty if the sibling has lost out on some attention but to recognize when they need you and when their behaviour is just them asking for attention. - Talk to the siblings about any situation they may feel uncomfortable about, for example play dates and having friends over. Making a plan for new situations and how to accommodate everyone’s needs. Make sure that they know they are all equally important within the family unit.