Sibling Rivalry..dun dun dunnn…Even though sibling rivalry has been going on since the beginning of time, it still can be a pain to have to deal with. From family dinner, no school days, and other family activities sibling rivalry is out with a vengeance. Although squashing is completely is not likely, here are some steps you can take to make life at home more peaceful.
Expectations: Let the kids know what the expectations are for the family. For example, no yelling, no lying, no slamming doors, no shoving, no sitting on heads, etc. Also discuss the consequences if the kids choose to disobey these expectations/rules and then follow through on those consequences. You must follow through so that the kids know that you mean business.
Praising: Acknowledging good behavior is crucial! Catch them when they are being good. If they are sharing nicely, make sure to compliment them and reward that good behavior. Kids occasionally act out for attention from their parents and many times they misbehave if they know that is how they are going to frustrate you.
Family Time: With hectic schedules, it is difficult to spend time together as a whole. However, the more time you spend as a family, the less the chances are of a sibling fight. Do activities such as watching a movie, playing board games, going to the park for a walk, are all opportunities for each child to learn to take turns and work together.
Model Healthy Behavior: Behaving like how you want your children to behave is very important. If common home life is mom and dad screaming at each other, chances are the kids will too. Speak with respect to one another, and let the kids hear you apologize when you are at fault. Behave like you want your children to behave.
Involvement: Unless the kids are getting physical, try not to get involved. Some things are better if you leave it alone. This will teach the kids to work it out themselves instead of running to mom or dad every time there is a fight.
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Kim Bui, born and raised in Kansas City, graduated from high school at St. Teresa’s Academy and college at Rockhurst University. Now Kim is pursuing her masters in Business. With her charisma, Kim welcomes every patient with a smile and willingness to make their experience something to rave about.