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Sibling rivalry: Helping your children get along

If you have children, you know that maintaining peace in your household can be difficult.

One minute your children are getting along and the next minute they're at each other's throats. Knowing when and how to intervene can make a difference in how your children relate to each other. Find out what you can do to manage sibling rivalry.

 

What causes sibling rivalry?

 

Sibling rivalry typically develops as siblings compete for their parents' love and respect. Signs of sibling rivalry might include hitting, name-calling, bickering and immature behavior. Moderate levels of sibling rivalry are a healthy sign that each child is able to express his or her needs or wants.

 

What factors might affect how well siblings get along?

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