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Sibling Rivalry

How to deal with Siblings Fighting

When two kids are fighting, when they're arguing, it's really important that they learn from a really smart parent, smart-hearted parent, how to resolve conflict. We need to help them learn how to get along so not only will they get along with each other, but they'll get along with everybody else in the larger world. The sibling relationship is really like a laboratory for how to get along with other people, and teaching conflict resolution is vital. Conflict resolution is really about, you have needs, I have needs, our needs are competing, what do we do?

Sibling Fighting Solutions

You don't teach them conflict resolution when they're in the middle of a conflict; that's when everybody's emotions are running high and they flip their lid. You teach them conflict resolution as if it's a game, or a fun activity, at a time where the kids are actually either getting along, or everything is just copacetic. You tell the children, let's pretend that you're fighting, let's pretend that you're fighting over, oh, I don't know, there's one ... Read more

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Jeffrey Kluger, Science Journalist and Author, explains the differences in the types of fighting typically done between brothers and between sisters
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Pamela Varady, PsyD Psychologist and Family Coach, shares advice for parents on the best methods to help siblings get along with each other
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