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  • Writer's pictureJoelle Pretorius

Are they at it again? Sibling Squabbles

Set Up Family Rules:

Establish clear boundaries and guidelines for behaviour. Make sure everyone in the family agrees on these rules.

Know When to Step In:

Sometimes it’s best to let minor disagreements resolve themselves. However, if things escalate or someone is getting hurt, step in and mediate.

Acknowledge Good Behaviour:

Praise your kids when they get along or handle conflicts well. Positive reinforcement encourages cooperation.

Teach Them How to Get Along:

Help your children learn conflict resolution skills, such as taking turns, sharing, and compromising.

Stick to Routine:

Even during summer break, maintaining some structure can be beneficial. Kids thrive under routines, so try to incorporate consistent meal times, bedtime, and other activities.

Coach Them to Problem Solve:

Encourage your children to find solutions together. Teach them communication skills and how to express their feelings constructively.

Take Care of Yourself: Remember that parenting can be challenging. Prioritize self-care to stay patient and calm when dealing with sibling squabbles.

Remember, it’s normal for siblings to have disagreements, but with patience and consistent strategies, you can create a more harmonious home environment!


What Triggered the Conflict?:

Understanding the cause of the disagreement can help address underlying issues. Was it a toy, attention, or something else?

How Do I Model Conflict Resolution?:

Children learn by observing their parents. Demonstrating healthy communication and problem-solving skills sets a positive example.

Am I Being Fair?:

Ensure you treat each child fairly and avoid favoritism. Address any perceived inequality promptly.

Do They Need Space?:

Sometimes kids need a break from each other. Encourage them to have separate playtime or quiet time.

Are They Hungry or Tired?:

Hunger and fatigue can exacerbate conflicts. Ensure they’re well-rested and have eaten.

Have I Set Clear Expectations?:

Remind them of family rules and expectations for behaviour.

How Can I Teach Empathy?:

Help them understand each other’s feelings. Ask questions like, “How would you feel if someone took your toy?”

Remember, patience and consistency are key. Every family is unique, so adapt these questions to your specific situation!

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