Sibling Rivalry

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These "Quick Parenting Tips" have been written by our staff and Pediatric Web regarding common childhood behavior issues.  For more in depth parenting advice, see the many websites and books recommended by our staff on our Behavior / Parenting page.

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Sibling Rivalry

Sibling squabbles are almost a rite of passage of childhood. The next time your children are fighting over a toy, a game, or a food, pause before getting angry. Explain that this item is meant for enjoyment, but if it causes everyone to be upset then it should be put away. Then, calmly take away the prized item and positively tell the children that they can have it back once they have solved their differences. Seeing the children look at each other - trying to decide if they should actually figure it out together or if they should just part their ways and go do something else - is actually rewarding as a parent. Your children may even surprise you by deciding among themselves to share or take turns!

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