6 Things Parents Can Do to Squash Sibling Rivalry

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Know That It’s Healthy

“Kids spend more time with their siblings than anyone else, including their parents, so some competition isn’t unhealthy,” Cassatly says. “Seeing what other children do and wanting to mimic them helps children to learn.” Competition makes for learning experiences that help kids build social skills, a team attitude, and resilience. Sure, it may seem like they’re exhibiting terrible sportsmanship, but with time, siblings understand when they’re getting carried away and when competition is just a fun form of bonding.