Situation: A father has found that his 2-year-old son doesn’t want to play with his 4-year-old brother with Down syndrome.

Parent Talk Tip: The character trait of tolerance helps children realize that everyone is at different stages of development. To develop tolerance, Diane Moore suggests the parent and younger son put together a “big brother bag” full of toys and games the boys can play with together. The bag can help the younger brother understand that his brother is different and has different needs.

Diane Moore is a certified family life counselor and parent mentor with a private practice in Vancouver. Parent Talk is her radio talk show heard in Portland, Vancouver and Boise. Today’s tip comes from a conversation between Moore and one of the show’s callers. It has been edited for time.

Audio produced by Naylene Frunk

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How to nurture a sibling bond when one child has Down syndrome

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