Sibling VS. Sibling
As mentioned, each child is different. They need diverse compliments and discipline. This means that your approach to each child must also be different. If they get into a dispute, the method you use to calm one of your children may be completely different for the other. From my personal experience growing up (I’m a middle child with 2 sisters so feel free to share your sympathies!) all it took was a certain tone of voice from my mother to get me to stop quarreling with my sisters. In contrast, my sisters needed stern lectures and threats of having privileges removed to behave (obviously I’m the favorite child. I’m kidding! My parents insist they love us equally. Let’s go with that!) So, what are the major reasons why siblings argue (myself included) with each other?
1. Comparing your children. This may seem obvious, but parents can find themselves doing this without realizing it. For example, if one child is doing better in school than the other, the tendency is to compare them. You may put the academic child on a pedestal for the other child to imitate. Avoid doing this. You should not compare your child to their brother or sister or to any other child. This can result in resentment towards the sibling or even you as the parent.
2. Lack of privacy. I know what you’re thinking, why do kids need privacy? Think about it, did you like having to share everything with your siblings? Hand me downs are usual, but children still want to feel like individuals and not carbon copies of their siblings. So yes, children may argue because they need their personal space.
3. Too much responsibility on the older child. It’s good to have older ones help with certain tasks around the home. Yet, they should not be responsible for raising their younger siblings. Arguments may result when the older child feels pressured to always watch or play with the younger ones.
4. Not understanding your children’s emotions. Children are entitled to their emotions. This can be a source of distress for their siblings and parents alike. No matter the age of your child, if they have a complaint against their sister or brother, you should listen to their concerns. Treat their feeling as valid. Depending on their age, they may not be able to properly communicate their issues. It takes patience on the part of the sibling and parent.
There are many other reasons for disagreements between siblings. Depending on your children and environment, the reasons, frequency and intensity of arguments may vary. In a previous article, I discussed other reasons for arguments. You can read more about them: How Teenagers And Parents Can Stop Arguing and Why Children Argue With Parents – Effective Ways To Stop.
Don’t feel discouraged! Not only can you prevent your children from bickering, but you can learn to intervene helpfully which will prevent future arguments from occurring. Before this post has concluded, I will leave you with tools to keep you motivated as you work on upbuilding your family. To begin, take a look at the following Learn how to tackle the most common time management mistakes. It includes a FREE 45 minute training from Brian Tracy, a motivational consultant and author. Check it out below!
Parents, You Can Prevent Your Children from Arguing!
How? I want to share with you the following tips that are simple but quite effective in ending disagreements. The best thing about these tips, they can be applied to children of all ages and circumstances. I’ll be upfront with you, although these steps are simple, they can involve a lot of time and effort on everyone’s part. Everyone in the family must be willing to cooperate with each other to achieve the goal of teamwork and cohesion and not division:
5. Give each child individual consideration. Children who feel adored and acknowledged for their identity will be less inclined to battle with each other, verbally or physically. Sibling rivalry is reduced when parents focus on each child.
6. Know your children’s “triggers.” If you know that squabbles occur when your children are bored, try to keep them busy. During those quiet, tense moments before the storm, quickly get them involved before they get exhausted and a clash ensues. Along with boredom, feelings of tiredness and hunger can also cause arguments.
7. Educate your children on basic critical thinking abilities and compromise. You can show your children ways to negotiate with each other without having to involve you. They can learn to take turns with chores or choosing which game to play first. Teach them ways that they can all win if they are fair and patient. When they come to you with a specific issue, you can use that as a model for them to follow. Let them discuss their problem one at a time. Acknowledge their point of view, sympathize with them and then show them step by step how to resolve the conflict. Let them know that they can do the same with future problems. It’s never too soon to teach they how to cultivate empathy for others.
8. “R.E.S.P.E.C.T finds out what it means to me.” Each child needs to learn how to respect each other and both parents. Respect should be extended to each other’s personal space, time and possessions. Enforce the concept of teamwork to them. You want to remind them that they are allies not enemies. They should help one another at home, school and in public. This will decrease the rate of disagreements.
It is a lot of work initially, but it is worth it in the end. The problem many parents face preventing and stopping arguments is the lack of energy and motivation at times. If that’s the roadblock you face, there is a FREE inspirational eBook by Brian Tracy called Book of Motivational Quotes To Live By.
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Parents Need to Set the Example
Parents, you can stop your children from fighting based on the example you set. When your children see you treat everyone including them with respect, it is easier for them to be respectful to others. If they see you arguing all the time, at restaurants, with your neighbors, in traffic, then they will consider arguing normal communication.
Another error I have seen is parents treating their children like adults. You must remember that they are kids. They will grow and mature, but it takes time and many errors on their part. When they make a mistake, do not expect them to never make that same mistake again. It may take several tries before they get it right.
Remember, you are your children hero. They will shadow you and take on your best and worst qualities. Watch what you say and do. Also, never allow your frustration at your children’s arguing to cause you to do something you regret. When you are upset, find something to calm you down or motivate you to respond in the right way such as Brian Tracy’s book. You never want to physically punish your children. If you punish your children in anger, they are more likely to be angry and abusive as well. Use positive disciplinary strategies instead. If you want me to write a post on healthy disciplinary tactics, let me know in the comments below!
The Power of Siblings!
Below is a video by TED Talks featuring Jeffrey Kluger on the topic,” The Sibling Bond.” He speaks about engaging or re-engaging your brothers and sisters. Siblings are at the top of the list of most important bonds that you can have. It isn’t always easy to develop and strengthen your relationship with them but when you do, it is invigorating.
Stay Motivated to Keep Peace in the Family
The more motivated you are, the easier it will be to keep peace in the home. Based on the messages from to Brian Tracy’s books including, Book of Motivational Quotes To Live By, “no matter what goal you are trying to achieve, or where you draw motivation from, the path to happiness is always the same.”
After you apply these tips, you will notice the difference in the atmosphere in your home. You want to have a peaceful atmosphere where everyone feels appreciated. Applying the advice found in this post and in this book can contribute to your success.
Thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed the tips found here. Please comment below if you have any questions or feel free to leave your firsthand experiences on what has helped you prevent or stop siblings from arguing.
Remember, quitting isn’t always a bad thing!