Handling sibling rivalry

July 17, 2012 2:30am CST
Honestly, I don't know how to handle sibling rivalry. I am an only child so I don't have the vaguest idea. My daughters are ages 3 and 1 and they both love to compete for attention. Sometimes, they get along pretty well, playing games and they do miss each other when they're apart. But there are times when they get annoyed with each other that they have fights over toys, attention and sometimes just to annoy the other. Help please fellow Mylotters. Any insight will be helpful. Thanks!
3 responses
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
21 Jul 12
I believe that sibling rivalry is something that all siblings go through at some point in their lives and I really don't think that there is anything that parents can do to avoid it. I think that the reason that children experience some rivalry between one another as they are growing up is because of the fact that children spend so much time with each other. This is something that happens in adult relationships as well when the couple spends too much time together, however, children are not as well equipped to deal with these feelings because there emotions and such are not completely developed.
@pvuppal (137)
• United States
20 Jul 12
I have a 4 year old and an almost 2 year old and they fight constantly. I guess you can't really deal with that because that is what kids do. But what I dois try to divert their attention with something or I just take the thing they are fighting over so there won't be any more arguments. There will be some crying but after that, they are okay. Hope this helps. Good luck!
@emdjay23 (1575)
• Philippines
17 Jul 12
well i have 3 siblings and i'm 2nd to the youngest..we can't avoid sibling rivalry especially when we were at the age of 6 or 7 i guess..My oldest sister thought that me and my other sister are my parent's favorites so she always gets jealous,so my mom talked to her and explained to her that her love for us are equal and there's no reason to get jealous.so i think you should tell your children like that and spend time to bond with them..