Sibling Rivalry

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Sibling Rivalry is the jealousy, competition, and fighting between brothers and sister which can show itself in practically every child’s family. Fights if unmanaged can lead to serious cases such as the permanent enmity between adult siblings. In nature there are extreme cases of sibling rivalry. For example, as baby sharks develop within the mother’s womb, one of the sharks usually the biggest one devours the others, ensuring for himself all of the available food resources when the shark is born. In human families it is not that extreme, but there still is competition. The resources being fought for are the love, approval, time, and attention of the parents (Boyle). Understanding how sibling rivalry occurs can help parents learn to…show more content…
The development period in which the siblings are in can have a major role on how and why the fighting occurs. (Living) The major reason why the children fight during the elementary age years and up is mostly about jealousy toward the other sibling, teasing, and the pressures of the future. Children think that if the parent gives a brand new bike for one child, because that child is favored more. The siblings will usually tease because the children are seeing how words can have an impact on another human being and the effects of the child’s behavior. The children are also learning more about the world and know some day the child will not be living at home with the parents. The siblings are also going through puberty so the children are more hormonal towards actions of others that did not matter before. (It’s) So how can parents minimize sibling rivalry, which has been going on since the dawn of time? When the newborn arrives, the parents must include the elder child to convey that the child is still important. Letting the older child help dress the new baby or walk around with the stroller when the family goes out. When, family and friends come to see the newborn child the parents should cuddle or show some affection towards the older child while everyone is adoring the baby. (It’s). When the children are growing up the parents have the biggest influence; the
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