Sibling Rivalry

Ana - posted on 04/15/2016 ( 1 mom has responded )




Will brothers ever be friends? I am overwhelmed with my boys constant fighting, bickering and antagonizing. Any tips on improving the relationship between a 7 years old and a 3 years old?


Raye - posted on 04/15/2016




A lot of times, kids that are less than 3 years difference in ages will be closer than those born further apart. But that doesn't mean they can't get along. You should be trying to foster kinship between them by doing activities where they can act cooperatively instead of against each other. Find board games that take teamwork to win the game. Look for interests that they both have where they can play and work together. And just know that most siblings fight. Try to be fair when breaking up the fights... don't always take one kid's side. And try to make them realize that they don't want their sibling kicking, biting, shoving them, so they shouldn't do that either. Make a family rule of respect.

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