Parents of the Year

How do you handle sibling rivalry?

April 06, 2022 Caroline & Andrew Season 1 Episode 7
Parents of the Year
How do you handle sibling rivalry?
Show Notes

If you have more than one child, chances are pretty darn good that there is some sibling rivalry happening. They might love each other and play beautifully one second and the next they are screaming at each other or punching each other in the face. 

 Younger children tend to be more physically aggressive, whereas older kiddos tend to get verbally argumentative. 

 Sibling rivalry can actually be healthy as they learn to express their needs and manage conflict. So we really don’t want to be jumping in all the time – these are great learning opportunities for them. The task then, is to know when to jump in or not. 

 We definitely want to be proactive and work on helping your children improve their relationships. But, there will be times we will need to react. 

Here are some of the things we discuss:

  •  Identify your red-line, or non-negotiables. 
  • Create a plan (and don’t get involved!). 
  • Don't take sides. 
  • Talk later. 
  • Listen. 

We also talked about:

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles 

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