Dealing with sibling rivalry can be a very difficult and discouraging part of parenting. Hearing your children bicker and fight is stomach churning. I wanted to share some ways that you can effectively deal with sibling rivalry without losing your cool.
HOW TO DEAL WITH SIBLING RIVALRY
BE A GOOD MODEL
One of the ways you can deal with sibling rivalry is to be a good model to your kids. If you’re always fighting or provoking a fight, your kids won’t understand how to deal with sibling rivalry. Be a good model in your marriage and in your friendships, but especially with your own siblings.
LET THEM WORK TOGETHER
Separating the children of yours that are fighting isn’t always going to work. Instead, try allowing those siblings to work together on a few projects. Maybe have them clean up the yard together or even wash the dishes together. By working together, they are learning to get along, which is always awesome.
HAVE A FAMILY MEETING
Talking about how each person in the family feels is important. There might be a reason behind your kids fighting. By having a family meeting, you can all get behind the real reason everyone is fighting. Give it a try and see how effective it is for your family.
HELP YOUR CHILDREN LEARN LIFE LESSONS
Maybe your children don’t understand how important their siblings are. By helping your children learn life lessons, you are helping them appreciate their sibling a little more. Later in life, a sibling may be all your children have, which is why it’s important to deal with sibling rivalry now.
HAVE THEM SAY NICE THINGS
Saying nice things about each other may be the one thing that helps. I think it’s important to understand that EVERYONE has good qualities.
Dealing with sibling rivalry may not be fun but it’s possible. What tips would you offer?
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