Sibling Rivalry

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Sibling Rivalry Sibling rivalry is one of humanity 's oldest problems. One of the first stories in the Bible deals with the rivalry between two brothers, Cain and Abel. The older brother, Cain, was irritated at constantly having to help take care of his younger brother, Abel, and kept asking his parents: "Am I my brother 's keeper?" The story of these two brothers has a tragic ending; Cain becomes so angry that he kills Abel. The fact that this is one of the first stories within the Bible shows the great importance given to the problem of sibling rivalry. By "sibling rivalry" we mean the hostility between brothers and/or sisters, which turns itself into situations ranging from common children 's fights to more…show more content…
This is one of the reasons why, to attract the parents ' attention and approval, the younger child will tend to develop abilities that are different from those developed by the older one. For example, if the older child is good at sports, then the younger one will tend to be good at schoolwork, or vice-versa. The information I have presented to you is an effort to point out the most important factors that contribute to sibling rivalry. By no means is this a complete description of this complex problem. Sibling rivalry has been around forever and studied by countless field experts. Older vs. younger, younger vs. older, and parental intervention are all part of the problem for which there seems to be no solution. Hostility between siblings might just be an inevitable part of any family unit. Outline Introduction I. Hello II. My name is III. Thesis: Sibling rivalry is one of humanity 's oldest problems. IV. Specific Purpose: Provide information on sibling rivalry. Body I. Sibling Rivalry A. Hostility between siblings B. Range from fights to permanent hatred II. Root of Rivalry A. In nature B. In family unit III. Actions in Rivalry A. Older sibling versus younger sibling B. Younger sibling versus older sibling C. Parental contribution Conclusion I. Sibling Rivalry A. Pre-existence B. Probable future existence Works Cited "Sibling Rivalry"

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