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Tips to Improve Bonding between Siblings

Do you witness cat and dog fights between your kids at home? Read some tips to improve bonding between siblings.

As parents, you might often watch your kids fighting and have a feeling of helplessness come over. You know that the fights are so serious that both you and husband just stand there watching or trying your best to come out with a solution.

What happens when siblings fight? It is enough to bring the roof down. As much as they like to fight with each other, siblings also remain thick friends when they grow up. Would not you love to forge a bond of friendship between your children so that they think about doing things together instead of attacking and being against each other all the time?

Following are a few tips to strengthen bonding between siblings.

Do Not Favour One Over Another

Kids often fight because they feel that parents prefer one of them over the other. Make it a point to ensure that each is given equal rights at least when they are kids.

Do not be partial to one child because that is like being unfair to the other one. Teach the younger ones to help the older ones and try to ensure that the elder ones do not bully the smaller ones. Youngest children are often pampered the most. At the same time, they are ones who get bullied as well. Hence, it is important for each to get their fair share so they do not fight with each other.

Do Not Intervene too Much

Fights are common among siblings in every family. Although, you can intervene and bring out a solution to their problems, they too need to develop problem solving skills.

Even a minor act like one child getting more orange juice in the glass than the other can lead to rivalry. Or one winning a game and accusing the other of ‘cheating.’ Such practices are common in childhood hence do whatever is possible and intervene more so only if they are physically harming each other. When it is a casual everyday argument there is not much you can do about it.

Teach Them to Respect Each Other

Teach your kids to respect each other and help each other. When kids learn to respect each other, they will become more like buddies instead of enemies. Do not allow your kids to hold grudges against each other. They should learn to share without fighting.

Introduce some games or activities so they can bond well with each other. Go out on holidays once in a while. Ask them to help each other in various household activities as well so they gain a sense of responsibility.

Do Not Make Comparisons

Comparisons can hurt kids a lot especially when it is done to put down another. For example, you cannot always compare the one who is doing well in academics to the one who is not able to even get a basic grade. As a parent it can hurt you when one child is always doing well and the other one is struggling a lot. However, you need to understand their viewpoints as well. The one who is not good at studies may someday become a great musician, painter or athlete. Allow kids to focus at what they are good at without pitting them against each other.

Separation is Good

Sometimes spending too much time together can make kids very frustrated. Hence, enrol your kids in different activities so they have their own individual lives as well. Help each one to develop a great all-round personality.

Constantly being together may create fights between siblings. A bit of separation will do no harm! Let each one have his or her own group of friends without forcing them to be together all the time. Once they come home, it will help them reconnect. Seeing each other after taking a break may reduce fights as well.

Thus, all siblings fight while growing up. Sometimes these minor altercations can lead to lifelong rivalry as well. On the other hand, some siblings become closer when they grow up. You will be surprised at how close siblings can be if given their own path to pursue. Let them be involved with interesting activities during the day and teach them to love and care for each other always.

How to improve bonding between siblings? What are the causes behind sibling rivalry? How to prevent sibling rivalry? Discuss here.

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Hemali.2 months ago
The company of siblings is very good for children while growing-up.
Dhyaan.2 months ago
Sibling also play an important role in growth and development of children.
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