Designed for Siblings
Inspired by Siblings
"Children have strong feelings when a sibling is ill"
- Katie Price
Child Life Specialist CHOP
Play is how children make sense of the world around them.
Share Your Smile Program
provides this play to both patients and their siblings.
With Each LEGO Set Delivered to a Hospitalized Child will come with a
LEGO Polybag to give to their sibling or friend.
Children We Have Helped
Every $100 dollars donated
is the Mental Health raised on another 30 Siblings
How to help all of your children find strength and resilience
Praise all siblings and recognize each child’s unique qualities and family contributions.
Share some of your own feelings or concerns when appropriate and let your children know it’s OK to feel that way.
Recognize that even negative feelings, such as anger or jealousy, are real. Make it clear that you hear those feelings when a child expresses them. Don’t criticize a child for having emotions that are less than angelic. Help your children identify positive outlets for strong feelings.
Spend time alone with each of your children. That might be a walk, a scooter outing, or a movie night. You might ask each child to make a list of ways they would like to spend one-on-one time with you, then find time for an item on the list every few days.
Ask for and accept help from friends and family members. Use that help to make yourself available for one-on-one time and important activities in each of your children’s lives — plays and recitals, sports events, time volunteering in a child’s classroom or simply make-believe play with a young child.
Limit the caregiving responsibilities of older siblings. Avoid making older children regularly carry the burden of being a parent to younger siblings when you can’t be there.
Make it clear to your children that no one is to blame for their sibling’s illness. Young children in particular can silently take on a sense of blame when bad things happen, and they need to know they are not at fault.
Seek out other families that have a child with similar health needs and give your children a chance to meet and play with kids who are going through a similar sibling experience. Your care team may be able to help you make those connections.
Talk with school counselors about what is going on in your family, or see a therapist to help your young child find ways to cope with strong emotions.
LittleBricks Charity Est. 2019
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