Category Archives: sibling rivalry

At the beginning, it’s all about feelings.

Sibling rivalry is a routine part of growing up in families, but don’t let it turn into continual arguing that could lead to fighting. One tip that can reduce the frustration for yourself and your quarrelsome siblings is to encourage … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong With Comparing?

We do it all the time. It’s natural and essential to compare things before deciding what to do: what smart phone to buy, what movie to watch, what team to bet on, who to promote, and who to marry. Assessing … Continue reading

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You are in charge … Set rules and limits!

Being a parent means you are in charge. You know what’s best for your kids and you have the authority to insist on it. There are times when you don’t have to explain, discuss, debate, and arrive at consensus. Set … Continue reading

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How Serious a Fight Is It?

Sibling rivalry is normal.How parents react to it makes a big difference in how well siblings get along. It’s an opportunity to teach the social skills that will help them to resolve conflicts and avoid fighting in the future. Leave … Continue reading

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Resolving sibling conflicts

The rules are simple: 1. Under no circumstances can harm be caused to a sibling. Physical harm is the major concern, but verbal abuse cannot be allowed either. Both are cruel, harm self esteem, and mar relationships over the entire … Continue reading

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Vicious Cycle of Unfairness, Anger, Conflict, and Aggression.

In Beyond Sibling Rivalry, Henry Holt & Company, New York, NY, 1999, Peter Goldenthal introduces the concept that too often children go through a vicious cycle of unfairness, anger, conflict, and aggression. Unfairness It begins when something happens and the … Continue reading

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Virtue in Sibling Relationships

The home and family is the first and most important social relationship for children. It’s where they are shown and begin to learn how people treat other people while recognizing that everyone has individual rights and needs. The primary responsibility … Continue reading

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