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Sibling rivalry - children fighting with their sisters or brothers

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 the Women’s and Children’s Health Network South Australia.

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