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By Keren Perles
When you had a second child, you probably figured that you were giving your first child a lifetime companion. But years down the road, your kids are constantly fighting and finding the need to compete with each other. What happened to the best friends you thought you’d be raising? According to clinical psychologist Jennifer Cassatly, they could be right under your nose.
Know That It’s Normal
Know That It’s Healthy
Be Honest With Yourself
Understand Where It Comes From
Let Kids Express Their Emotions
Help Kids Work It Out
Keep emotion out of the picture when it comes to resolving fights. Instead, focus on the positive. “Remind kids about the importance of siblings sticking together,” Cassatly says, “and realize that they do ultimately care about each other. Praise them when they do something nice to each other, when they act mature, or when they look out for each other.” In time, you’ll see your children working out their differences, helping each other out, and eventually growing closer.