Read about the importance of sibling relationships and how parents can help improve sibling relationships among children. Understand how sibling relations evolve with age and the positive impact having a sibling can have on a child. Siblings are important and will always hold a special place in a person's life.
Sibling relationships often provide great emotional support.
As siblings grow older, the bond becomes even stronger and more important.
Studies have shown that sibling relationships have a big impact on our
psychological and social development.
Sibling relationships last longer than relations with
parents. When siblings are closer in age, they have more strong bonds.
Importance of Sibling
In case of a death of a parent or in houses where there is
only a single parent, the older sibling often takes on the responsibility of
the younger child. If the single parent is working, it is often the older
sibling who takes care of the younger sibling and helps them. Even when both
parents are working, parents often entrust the responsibility of looking after
the younger one on the older sibling which strengthens the bond between the two
bringing them closer.
Sibling relationships are the longest lasting human
relationships. Apart from parents who mostly know you right from birth to
adulthood, siblings are those people that know you for the longest time.
Siblings remain after parents are no more, thus making it the longest
relationship in your life.
Siblings share common memories
and experiences since childhood. For example your sister and you might be the
only ones who remember your grandmother’s bedtime stories or the family trip to
a foreign country. Only the two of you may know about the fun you had when both
of you were small. The shared memories are precious and often fondly reminisced
about as the siblings grow older.
Siblings help to develop problem solving skills. When
siblings work out the issues between each other it helps to develop their
problem solving skills. Parents should only intervene when there could be
aggression or violent behaviour from either sibling.
Those children who have siblings are often more adjusting
and cooperative. Children who have siblings understand the importance of giving
people their space. They have been taught to share right since childhood hence
values such as sharing
and understanding the feelings of others develop in them.
How do Sibling Relations
evolve over the years
grow up, they often get busy with their own goals and personal and professional
It is during the middle-age when siblings once again become
close to each other.
Often events like birth of grand-children, divorce, illness,
retirement once again renew contact between siblings and bring back the
Many a time, during early and middle years of adulthood
siblings relationships are not as close. In such cases, often siblings who have
not been much in contact with each other over the years, once again find
themselves working together when the need to care for old parents arises.
As siblings become older, they become more emotionally close
and it has been seen that generally sister-sister relationships are strongest
of sibling relationships. As siblings grow older the conflicts reduce and they
become more and more like close friends
and sometimes even best friends.
What Parents can do to
help maintain and enhance Sibling Relationships
When older siblings leave home, parents must encourage them
to stay in touch with the younger sibling.
Parents must maintain good relations and ties with their own
brothers and sisters so that this serves as a model example to their children.
A sister or a brother is a little bit of childhood
that can never be lost. Siblings are often the ones who know us in and out and
A life lived with a sibling is a special and beautiful bond which those who do not have a sibling often wish they could experience.