5 Things Parents Can Do to Squash Sibling Rivalry

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Let Kids Express Their Emotions

Childhood is a time when social skills are not yet fully developed. “Kids are still learning how to control feelings, how to cope with their anger,” says Cassatly.

“Nobody is going to get under your skin more than those who you spend the most time with. Getting angry, expressing frustration or impatience, and even talking about how much they resent having a sibling—all of these are not necessarily anything terrible.”

So when your child comes over to you and starts venting about a sibling, refrain from offering excuses or pointing out that both children share the blame. Instead, show them that you understand how they’re feeling. Hear them out, and allow them to share their frustration, no matter who you think is “really” at fault.