“Having one child makes you a parent, having two makes you a referee and having more than two makes you a bouncer.”
Did you chuckle?
Well, most parents who have two or more children will agree that they are permanent referees at home or anywhere. Even when siblings get along with each other, fostering a nurturing bond between siblings is not an easy task. Siblings are friends, teammates, tormentors, and protectors. Many sibling relationships often oscillate between a cause of envy and an object of pride.
Ultimately, it is up to parents to ensure that the net sibling relationship stays on the positive side.
Because it is one of the most extended relationships in their lives.
Siblings impact our lives in more ways than we care to acknowledge. Siblings are always interested in each other; however, they may never admit that. Research in the American Journal of Psychiatry suggests that poor sibling relationships in childhood may be a specific predictor of major depression in adulthood. Sibling relationships are one of the most emotionally important relationships in a child’s development since children experience intense emotions while interacting with their siblings.
Here are a few things you can pay close attention to while choosing an activity for your children.
Here are five fun activities that will strengthen the bond between your children.
It’s a classic game that can be played anywhere and has helped siblings bond for ages.
Requirements: Chairs, Pillows, Blankets, Tables
Preparation: Place chair, pillows, and blankets strategically at home. Ensure that children have enough room to jump around and that the objects are not too far from each other. Remove all the fragile things.
Pro Tip: You can make it a family game and allow children to shout out ‘the floor is lava’ at any time. It can be a fun thing your children do at home. It will help them feel closer to each other.
It’s an activity that can be done regardless of the age gap between children and allows each child to feel like a leader.
Requirements: Chart paper, Sketch pens, Crayons, Watercolours, Brushes
Preparation: Fold the chart paper in the middle and allot sides to each child.
Pro Tip: If the age gap between the siblings is on the higher side, use thicker paint straight from the bottle and encourage the children to use fingers to paint. It will allow the younger child to keep up with the older child.
Children love helping out their parents in any way they can. Playing with water and helping out parents is simply awesome.
Requirements: Toy cars or your actual car, washable crayons, and a wet washcloth for each child
Preparation: Check if the crayons are easily washable
Pro Tip: Do this once a week with other washable toys and encourage children to tidy up the place after. It will encourage the team spirit between the siblings.
Children love playing with clay and mud. Here is an activity that will allow them to unleash their creativity.
Requirements: Wheat flour or maida, bowl, water, colours (edible, if possible), newspaper or a plastic sheet
Preparation: Spread out the plastic sheet on the floor. If you are comfortable with chaos, no preparation is necessary.
Pro Tip: Encourage your children to work together and create something meaningful. You can also make it a competition – parents vs children.
These activities are simple and easy to set up. These will help your children strengthen their bond as they learn to communicate and resolve conflicts with each other. The best way to ensure a strong sibling bond is for you to let children know that they are loved and that their needs will be met in one way or the other. It creates psychological safety and makes more room for the siblings bond.