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Tips for Handling Sibling Arguments

If you have followed our blog for long, you know that I’ve just recently became the mother of two little boys. My oldest is five and my youngest is three months. While they aren’t old enough to have“arguments” between one another, my oldest is starting to have a few issues with his little brother…mainly because his brother cries and he can’t hear his cartoons. I have friends who have two or more children and therefore I know that this is just the beginning of sibling “arguments.”

As a result, I figured that today would be a good day to do a little research on how to handle these arguments so I’m prepared once they are in “full force.” After all, when kids are little, these brotherly/sisterly fights can stem over anything. It doesn’t matter if it’s a toy, a favorite Easter dress (or shirt for boys) or the thought that one might touch the other one. I’m sure I’m not the only parent out there anticipating these arguments. In fact, there may be some of you experiencing them first hand who would like a few tips for handling them. Below are some of the suggestions I found during my research.

Send arguing kids to a room together until they work out the problem. I thought this idea was genius, especially if you have kids of the same gender. One of my friends actually does this one. When her daughters are arguing, she will make them both go into a room together and tell them they are not allowed to come out until the issue is resolved and they are both okay. This forces both children to deal with their feelings and each other and also teaches them a little about conflict-resolution. Take away the item in question. A lot of…