Sibling Rivalry

1172 WordsApr 16, 20125 Pages
Sibling rivalry and behaviors Perhaps, almost parents want their children to live in harmony and get along well with each others. However, sibling rivalry, or competitive feelings and actions occurring among the children, seems to be something unavoidable in family life. Many people says that sibling rivalry is harmful and has a lot of cons while a number of people believe that it has positive impacts on children’s development and social relationships. Actually, sibling rivalry has both advantages and disadvantages. On the one hand, sibling rivalry can be beneficial for children by boosting their emotional development and reinforcing their social skills. Based on five-year research which examined children's cognitive and social…show more content…
In school, the student behavior problems often arise when rivalries raise the frustration and anxiety level among sibling students. They act out the structured environment of class to gain attention. In addition, sibling rivalry often continues throughout childhood and can be very frustrating and stressful to parents, according to Kyla Boyse from University of Michigan. “Get out of my bed!”, “this toy is mine!”, “mommy, he beats me”…when their children are constantly bickering with their siblings, parents are bound to feel the stress. Sometimes, parents may find it hard to handle the conflicts among the kids; every time they try to step in their children’s competition, they fail to dismiss the rivalry and even make it become worse. Sibling rivalry may negatively affect parents’ relationship. Especially, when there is an arrival of a new baby, it will be difficult for parents to pay equal attention to two kids and the first-born child will begin to display the jealousy. Siblings can bring their parents into a dispute and find that one parent is siding with one child while the other parent is siding with other child. For example, my cousins do not get along well; they often fight and yell at each others. My uncle seems very tough on his sons rather than his daughter and always complains that my aunt is spoiling him. Meanwhile, my aunt shows her upset that her husband is over pampering their daughter and making her more and more selfish. Consequently, once unhealthy

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