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Sibling rivalry

conflict; arguing; siblings; brothers; sisters; fighting; rivalry; sibling rivalry; sharing; quarrel; argue ;

Parents often worry about their children fighting with each other but some conflict between children in families is normal. It is part of how they learn to work out differences and get along with others. It is important for parents to be good role models, and to help children work things out fairly until they learn to do this for themselves.

Arguments between siblings are one of the ways children learn how to be fair, to respect others and to resolve differences. Learning how to argue fairly without hurting anyone is a skill that will help them in future relationships.

For more about sibling rivalry have a look at this Parent Easy Guide developed by Parenting SA - A partnership between the Department for Education and Child Development and the Women’s and Children’s Health Network.

Want more help or information?

South Australia

  • Parent Helpline 
    Phone 1300 364 100
  • Child and Family Health Service (CaFHS)
    Phone 1300 733 606, 9am-4.30pm Mon-Fri for an appointment.
  • Youth Mental Health Service
    Phone 13 14 65, 24 hours
    Supporting young people 16 to 24 years to manage their mental health
  • Parenting SA
    For more Parent Easy Guides including ‘Family violence’ and ‘Violence towards parents’


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The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).

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