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How to deal with sibling rivalry?

Discussion in 'Off Topic Chat' started by RoNa, Aug 1, 2017.

  1. RoNa

    RoNa Administrator

    Here are some tips in dealing sibling rivalry:

    Where there is more than one child, there will occasionally be battles. That's normal. Each child is a unique individual, and just because they're related doesn't mean they will always get along. But parents can take steps to help keep sibling rivalry to a minimum:

    Set aside time to spend with each child individually, so they don't feel like they're always competing for your attention. Don't play favorites.
    Be sure each child has personal time and space of his or her own. Everybody needs privacy!
    Work with your children to set ground rules -- like no tattling, hitting, or name-calling, no fighting in the car (or the car pulls over until it stops), and no taking someone else's property without permission.
    Jump in if there's physical violence or other dangerous escalation, but otherwise, try not to intervene in your kids' fights. Instead, talk with them when they're calm about how they can compromise, share toys, take turns, and respect each other -- then give them a chance to use those skills rather than relying on you as referee.
    Head off fights at the pass by observing the kinds of situations that start them and avoiding those situations. Do your kids always argue over who does the dishes? Then set up a chore chart so it's clear who does what job when.
    Show them good conflict resolution skills. How do you resolve disagreements with your spouse or other family members? If you handle them calmly and respectfully, children will learn from that behavior.
    Give your kids materials that help them think about and talk about sibling rivalry, like the sibling rivalry pages at PBS Kids.

    I hope you find this useful. :)

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