What to do when your children are jealous of one another.
If there’s one sure way to create a little sibling rivalry among kids, it’s to treat two siblings differently. That’s because kids have an innate sense of fairness. Of course, it’s not always possible to keep the scales of sibling justice perfectly balanced, so what’s a parent to do? Sara Dimerman, author of Character is Key offers a practical solution to sibling jealousy. “Children are very aware if parents treat one sibling differently to them, and so often a child will say something like ‘that’s not fair, He got more French fries’. It would be really helpful if a parent would just validate their child’s feelings and say something like, ” you feel that your brother got more French fries than you. You seem upset by that. Would you like some more?’ So in other words, just completely ignore the rivalry that they’re talking about and the feeling that they are being left out, and rather just acknowledge that child’s feelings and figure out a solution to it.”
The Parent Report’s guest expert is Sara Dimerman, a therapist, parenting educator and author of Character is the Key.
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