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How to End Sibling Fights and Prevent Sibling Rivalry

Sibling Fights and Sibling Rivalry

Families having more than one child face sibling rivalry often. Most parents find siblings fighting and mark this as a parenting issue and find this practically impossible to prevent. Read on to learn how you can end a sibling fight.

If you find that you are not able to control sibling fight in your home, do not get disheartened because you are not alone. Most of the time when siblings fight and parents intervene, the situation gets worse. The main reason is that it becomes difficult to figure out who started the fight and in that case if you take sides, the resentment will increase.

Before you learn about how to end a sibling fight, it is advisable to learn few changes in yourself that can help you prevent your kids from fighting.

How to End a Sibling Fight

Have a quick look at the tips for ending the fights between siblings.

Stay Calm

The first thing that you need to do is not lose your temper. Control your emotions and stay calm and try to soothe their feelings. Seeing you calm in such situation, your children will also learn to stay calm and hence manage their feelings.

Do Not Worry About Who Started the Fight

One of the biggest mistakes that parents make when they try to intervene in their kids’ fights is to ask who started the fight. Next time you intervene, do not take sides and treat them the same.

Model Courteousness

When you find your kids fighting let them know that they are violating the home’s rule because here everyone is treated with kindness and respect. Tell them screaming and hurting is not allowed and ask them to work that immediately.

Separate if One of Them is Very Upset

It is good to talk to your kids when the other one is present, but if you find that one is very angry, you should separate them temporarily and talk to one at a time. If they want to play together again, ask them to take a cool off period of 15 minutes after which they can play if you find house peaceful again.

Attend to the Child Who is Hurt with Empathy

It is ideal to attend to the wound first when any one of the kids is hurt. Do not pass judgment on who is wrong at that time.

Call the Kids Together When They Are Calm

Let your children express their feelings and find out why one got angry. Help them state their feelings and listen to each other’s feelings when they are sharing with you.

Tips for Preventing Sibling Rivalry

There are certain principles and practices that will help you lessen sibling rivalry. They are:

  • Do not compare your kids

  • Keep kids occupied

  • Do not give more attention to one of the kids

  • If your kids are hungry or tired, keep them away from each other

  • Make sure each child gets sufficient personal space

  • Do not make your elder child responsible for your younger one

  • Teach your children basic problem solving skills

  • Encourage them for team work

  • Make kids treat each other with respect and love

  • Nurture empathy in your kids

  • Be patient when dealing with kids so that you set an example for them

  • Do not punish your children physically

  • Teach your children healthy self-management techniques

  • Create an atmosphere of appreciation at home

  • Always remember that they are just kids

When you stop sibling fight with calmness and empathy, your kids will learn eventually to talk and work out misunderstandings and conflicts themselves. Remember, jealousy is one of the common human feelings and it will not be taken away by anything.

What are the common causes of fights between siblings? How to end the sibling fights? How to prevent sibling rivalry? Discuss here.

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Angella.5 years ago
Both the kids require equal attentions so that the do not fight with each other and grow-up like friends. This will prevent sibling rivalry.
Ekta.5 years ago
Comparison between siblings can give rise to sibling rivalry therefore it is not good to compare children.
Prajakta.5 years ago
There will be fights in siblings some time or the other...siblings can never live without fighting. These tips are helpful for parents.
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