parents, considering their busy schedule, think that having and bringing up one
child is the right choice for them. If you are among these parents, read on to
know 10 reasons why your child needs a sibling.
If you and your spouse decided to have only
one child, no matter what the reason be, you must have adjusted to life with
the little one. In fact, single child families are growing in number very fast
as compared to families having more than one child.
If you think that having a sibling
for your child means buying two toys always and being a referee to the backseat
quarrel in your car whenever you go out, you are not right completely. You will
witness them playing together often and embracing each other, may be for no
reason at all.
You might remember that when your child was born you were always cautious
and tried to protect her. When your child gets a sibling, you will find the
same kind of feeling shared by her.
2. They Learn to Share
It is often said that single child becomes selfish as she grows. This is
because there is practically no one to share her toys or other belongings at
home. When there will be a sibling, she will learn to share her toys,
cookies, chocolates and even TV time.
3. Resolve Conflicts
No matter where you go in the world, you will never find a family that has
not witnessed sibling
fights. But at the same time, both the kids know that they have to settle
things quickly and anyhow. This even helps build some negotiation skills in
4. Always Have Company and Fun
When your child has a sibling, she always has a company no matter whether
you go on a vacation or simply on a long drive.
5. Learns Teamwork Very Early
Whether it is helping you at home or doing any school project, brothers and
sisters are very good at teamwork. They even learn how to unite and hide from
parents when they do some mischief or simply buffooneries.
6. Have Someone To Learn From And Teach
Younger child will feel good learning mathematics or tactics while playing
a game. Similarly, the elder one feels pride in teaching her sibling. She will
also be able to learn a lot of patience while teaching.
7. Encourages And Improves Analytical
Siblings spend a lot of time and effort to figure out what their sister’s
next move could be. This causes their brain to work a lot and they come up with
different ideas and concepts.
8. They Turn to Guidance Usually to
Elder Brother Or Sister
When your younger one starts growing, she will not come to you always when
she has a problem. She will prefer taking advice from her elder one most of the
9. They Know They can Rely on Someone
Other than Parents Always
No matter how much siblings fight, they know that they have someone at
their back along with their parents. They like to celebrate with each other and
turn to each other when they get hurt.
10. Sense of Competition
Even if parents consider their children as individuals, they have a sense
of competitiveness among them, always
Parents can help their children gain a deeper sense of identity as well as gain
valuable social skills through interaction among siblings and their friends. Make
sure your children have ample access to parental assistance and apt guidance so
that if any of your children take the wrong track, you
are there to take care.
What are the benefits of having a
sibling? How do siblings affect the growth and development of children? What is
the right age gap between siblings? Discuss
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