6 Things Parents Can Do to Squash Sibling Rivalry

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Know That It’s Normal

“It’s not fair!” and “You must love her more!” are common complaints, but they can still be hard for parents to hear. “From the time younger siblings are born, they’re looking up to their older siblings and mimicking sibling behaviors,” says Cassatly. Younger siblings compare their own privileges with those enjoyed by older siblings, and children in general try to excel in areas that their siblings have struggled in—all of that is completely normal.