Dealing with sibling rivalry is a subset of overall parenting responsibilities. As mentioned in my series on character and virtue, the key role of parents is to build “virtue” in their children. Developing virtue in each child prepares them to become responsible citizens within their family, community, and the world.
Equally important is the need for each parent to reassure each child that he or she is safe, special, and beloved. Show each child that there is plenty of love for everyone in the family.
Fulfilling the role of parent begins at the individual level and grows outward to others as the child’s relationships expand. The framework of virtues was introduced in:
Group1 – The Foundation
Group 2 – Caring
Group 3 – Self-Responsibility
Integrity, Genuine Self Esteem
Group 4 – Others
Group 5 – The Extra Mile
Group 6 – The Ultimate
Group 7 – Is There More?
That’s a long list of desirable qualities. It’s a life-long journey that won’t happen unless each child gets ample one-on-one time with each parent.