siblings: 4 Articles

Creating The Find Out Files My Sibling: Interview with the Author

In the last of four interviews Isabelle Filliozat, French parenting expert, talks about her book, My Sibling.  My Sibling is part of The Find Out Files, a series of activity books that explores feelings and relationships. You can also read her interviews about My Emotions, My Anger, and My Fears. Here's what Ms. Filliozat has to say about creating My Siblings: Magination Press: Why did you decide to include a book about siblings in The Find Out Files? Isabelle Filliozat: Do you really have to ask the question? Isn’t it the most difficult topic the parents face? It was the most complicated issue for me with my children. So hard! We hate to see our children fight, but behind those fights are emotions. If we parents learn to hear these emotions, fights lessen. Small fights are natural between siblings, but children need tools to help them deal with conflict so that they don’t harm themselves physically or emotionally.  MP: Why did you choose a cat as the animal guide for My Sibling? IF: Cats are very cute and friendly. They come to be petted, but they have their independence. And as with your siblings, you never know if he wants to cuddle or fight. While kittens fight a lot with each other, they never harm themselves, but they practice fighting with one another so that they will be strong with strangers. Kittens cuddle a lot. They go underneath one another, on top, any position…I love the game “kitten basket” where all the family piles on each other, pretending to be kittens in a basket. There’s so much contact. You end up laughing and charged with oxytocin! MP: In My Sibling, you explain how birth order affects how families interact. You explore what it feels like to be a first child or a younger child. What kinds of unique experiences do middle and youngest children have? IF: I didn't have room to explore all positions in detail, but the idea is to think about the impact of the environment on development of temperament. When you are in the middle…well, you are in the middle…so you neither get the advantages of the eldest, nor of the youngest. And also you are older than one, and younger than another. So it’s a mix of the positions. It’s of course different when you are in the middle of three kids or in the middle of five, and when the gap between each is one or six years. So many situations and recompositions nowadays add complexity. The idea of the book is not to trap a child in a definition, but to help him think about the experience one is living. MP: What about twins or multiples? They have to share their parents from the beginning, and people frequently compare them. What kind of experiences do they have as siblings? IF: Yes, every situation is particular. That is what we have to realize. A baby doesn’t grow alone in a desert, he builds himself

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Creating The Find Out Files My Sibling: Interview with the Author 2020-09-29T15:39:42-04:00

Pooka and Bunni

Having a sibling can be fun, but it can be hard, too.  Bunni and Pooka are sisters. Bunni is big, clever, and interested in many things. Pooka is little, clever, and interested in doing whatever Bunni is doing. When Bunni builds a pillow castle, Pooka wants to help, but Bunni says she's too little. When Pooka accidentally knocks over the castle, she has to use her creativity and perseverance to rebuild, bigger and better. Even big sisters can learn from little ones! Hear author Jennifer Zivoin read Pooka and Bunni aloud.

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Pooka and Bunni 2020-09-22T15:43:31-04:00

Explore Emotions and Relationships with The Find Out Files

Feelings! Family! How do you manage them? Even as an adult, this can be challenging. Kids are learning to identify and manage emotions and interact with siblings in a healthy way. The Find Out Files can help! These activity books were created by renowned French psychotherapist and parenting expert, Issabelle Filliozat, to help kids master their emotions and understand their sibling relationships. Watch this video, where Ms. Filliozat describes the books in The Find Out Files. Check out this post, describing each book and stay tuned for upcoming posts where Magination Press interviews Ms. Filliozat about creating each book.

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Explore Emotions and Relationships with The Find Out Files 2020-08-13T11:28:05-04:00