How Sasha Alexander Deals with Sibling Squabbles

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Any parent with more than one child knows that siblings know how to get under each other’s skin. I know in my house — with three kids so close in age — refereeing sibling squabbles are a large part of my everyday duties. 

Things are no different for Rizzoli & Isles star Sasha Alexander. She has two children, Lucia Sofia, 7, and Leonardo Fortunato, 2½, who are well experienced in sibling squabbles, and apparently Lucia can make her brother cry on a dime. Alexander says, “Lucia can be very nurturing to him, she’s a very loving and kind little girl … She can also know how to prod him exactly the way that would make him cry the whole ride home. My whole thing now is, okay, if you’re going to do that to him, then you’re going to take care of him for the rest of the day. Like, if you’re going to make him cry, then you’re going to take care of him.”

For my kids the simple act of separation seems to work well for them. When they are getting too close for comfort, they are all sent to separate areas of the house to cool down and relax until they choose to interact like civilized little humans.

While I love this rule, it would not work in my house. Sadly, each of my children annoy each other equally. While my 7 year old may not react the same way to being hit or annoyed as my 3 year old, making the 3 year old take care of my 7 year old would not work at all. In fact, I can imagine that that rule would cause my kids further annoyance and tears when the offending sibling is now forced to be around the offended sibling. “He/she is annoying me” is uttered in my home more times than I can count in a day.

How do you handle sibling squabbles?

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How Sasha Alexander Deals with Sibling Squabbles

Heather Montgomery is a freelance writer with a background in Elementary Education and an almost embarrassing need to read celebrity gossip. As a work-at-home mom to three children, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She was married in 2003 and currently resides in Florida. ... More

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  1. Nichole says:

    I like it. I see why she does this. The 7 year old May be more antagonistic then the 2.5 yr old. having this rule makes the 7yr old behave better. A 2 yr old barely knows how to act. A 7 yr old should know what’s appropriate. I like her other rule as well. Separatingthem til they calm down. I know my brothers and sisters would of behaved better if we had rules like this.

  2. Phammom says:

    That’s a tuff one.

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