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How to help siblings get along better

September 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Siblings don't have to fight and parents don't have to put up with it. Here are some strategies and techniques to help brothers and sisters get along better.

But experts say parents don't have to put up with the bickering and the fights: There are strategies and techniques to help brothers and sisters get along better, strengthening a relationship that will support them for life and make for a more harmonious home.

These relationships allow children to try out new social and emotional behavior, particularly when it comes to conflict, helping them learn ways to manage emotions and develop awareness of other people's thoughts and feelings.

"It's helpful for children to have experiences in a very safe relationship with a brother or sister where they can work through (conflict) and learn conflict management skills that they will be able to use in other relationships in their life," Kramer said.

It's worth parents spending some time to help their children get along since these are typically the longest-lasting of our close relationships.

Children under the age of 8 don't usually have the skills to manage conflict, said Kramer, who encouraged parents to act as mediators or coaches to facilitate solving the problem at hand rather than serving as a referee.

"We encourage parents to intervene to help children manage conflict on their own. "

It was once thought that girls used more verbal aggression than boys, Caspi said, but research is suggesting that sisters are just as apt to use physical violence as much as brothers.

Children hear the comparisons and it creates more competition and fighting," he said.

Lastly, and perhaps most crucially, both Caspi and Kramer said that it's important for parents to cut themselves some slack and take care of their own mental health.

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