Sibling Rivalry

Are you tired of the constant fighting and arguing that comes with sibling rivalry? If so, you're not alone. Sibling rivalry is one of the most common issues we encounter at Empowering Parents. From name-calling and teasing to verbal abuse and aggression, it’s no wonder many parents feel frustrated. Why can't everyone just get along?

There is another way to look at this. Try and see sibling rivalry as an opportunity for kids to practice using skills like negotiation, compromise and respectful disagreement. If you are able to step back, it gives your children a chance to use effective conflict resolution skills. Of course, it is appropriate to intervene if their fighting becomes abusive or bullying.

Here you'll find articles that can help teach your children how to resolve their own disagreements, so you don't have to play referee.

Brother and sister sitting back-to-back defiantly

6 Ways to Stop Sibling Bickering and Rivalry


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Siblings bicker—it’s what they do. They tease and taunt and fight. It can drive parents crazy and wear us down—and for good reason. “Mom, he just called me a bad name.” “I did not, you liar!” “He did too, Mom, and he always does. You just never see it!” “Get lost, brat. You’re such a baby!” “I hate you!” Seemingly... Read more »

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Two brothers fighting

Sibling Rivalry: Good Kid vs. Bad Kid



As an advisor to parent coaching, I frequently hear calls involving sibling rivalry conflicts. An important thing to remember is that sibling rivalry is a normal emotional state in children. Children compete with each other for their parent’s approval and affection. In fact, adult children still can feel competitive about their parents’ attention. One of... Read more »

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