If you have more than one child, you know that siblings don’t always get along. In fact, it is very normal for siblings to not always live in perfect harmony. Here are some simple suggestions on limiting any conflict that may arise.
- Give your children a chance to solve their own disagreements. Instead of stepping in as soon as they start fighting, you might just stay nearby in case things get out of hand. Learning cooperation and problem-solving is an important life skill, and best taught to work problems out with sibling
- Catch your children at good moments. If you notice your children are behaving nicely towards each other, point it out. Example: “I love how nicely you’ve been talking to each other all morning.”
- If children are fighting over something, try offering choices. For Example: “Do you want to share the toy cars, or would you rather divide them up?”
- Show your children to support each other’s interests. This will encourage your children to appreciate each other despite their differences.
- Don’t compare your children to one another. If you make comparisons it can generate sibling rivalry and fights as your children will try to compete for your attention and approval.
- Teach your children how to listen to each other. When they can understand why and how their actions affected their sibling, it may help them realize why a particular action was inappropriate.
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