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'It's Not Fair!' 5 Ways to Help Siblings Feel Equal

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The Bottom Line

What should you do if your child complains that you’re being unfair? Markham suggests the two-step process of Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish, authors of Siblings Without Rivalry: Empathize with his disappointment, even if you disagree with his reasoning. Then, address his actual need, especially by showing love.

Learn how you can respond to some common “It’s not fair” scenarios.