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Helping Siblings Get Along
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Parents should focus on the positive things they can do to help their children get along, as making an end to conflict the primary focus is a mistake, reports  Laurie Kramer, a University of Illinois professor of applied family studies and co-editor of a special section of Child Development Perspectives.

Kramer knows siblings can learn the skills they need to be more supportive of one another. She encourages parents to examine the goals they have for their children's current  relationships and then to take actions that will help kids achieve those goals.

Read more about how parents can support these positive changes in their families.