“Siblings who say that they never fight are most definitely hiding something”
All of us who have siblings know that not arguing with each other is never an option. Sibling relationships are one of the most beloved relationships in our lives. Previously, we have spoken a great deal about siblings and how to foster a sibling relationship.
Siblings do quarrel now and then. However, parents should realise whenever an intervention is needed, especially when the home environment gets affected by bickering siblings. Today, we will explore the concept of sibling rivalry and how parents can tackle situations when things go out of hand.
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A book by Michele Borba, The Big Book of Parenting Solutions: 101 Answers to Your Everyday Challenges and Wildest Worries, published in 2009 mentions a few effective parenting tips to deal with sibling rivalry. Michele Borba, Ed.D., is the recipient of the National Educator Award. She is also widely recognised for her practical and solution-oriented approach and tips. Here are some situations that will help parents understand when intervention is needed:
The aforementioned book by Michele Borba, The Big Book of Parenting Solutions, also lists a few tips for parents that can potentially stop bickering among children. The key to these house rules is that they need to be enforced consistently by parents. They are as follows:
Having said this, do not have unrealistic expectations from your children. They are siblings and will get into massive fights and arguments sporadically. They do not need to get along every waking minute of their existence. However, they need not go to the extremes, either. Parents need to help their children find a balance and create an environment where they know how to resolve their differences on their own.
Did you find this article helpful? Did you argue with your sibling when you were growing up? How did your parents handle the situation? How do you tackle this now? Let us know in the comments below.
Borba, M. (2009). The Big Book of Parenting Solutions: 101 Answers to Your Everyday Challenges and Wildest Worries. Germany: Wiley.
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