Sibling Rivalry

By Vanessa Rasmussen, © 2004, All rights reserved.

In a house with more than one kid, there are bound to be some problems. Parents of teenagers or preteens may be troubled by the amount of fighting, both verbal and physical, that goes on between their children. This is a common problem in homes with adolescents and one many parents find particularly difficult and upsetting. Most brothers and sisters experience some degree of jealousy or competition, and this can flare into the squabbles and bickering that is called sibling rivalry.

Sibling rivalry is a routine part of growing up in families, but when that fighting turns into constant arguments, fights, and the creation of some potentially dangerous situations, it should be dealt with.

Following are some possible causes of sibling rivalry:

Here are some tips to reduce your frustration over quarrelsome siblings and lessen the fighting too:

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