Sibling Rivalry
July 23, 2004

(HealthDayNews) -- While most cases of sibling conflict are normal, it can still be stressful for parents.

The Children's Hospital, Richmond Va., offers some tips on how to deal with the problem:
[list][*]Ignore normal competition and bickering among your children. [*]Leave the area and think about something else and let your children work it out.[*]Establish limits and rules, such as no hitting and no throwing objects. [*]Read books and articles about sibling relationships. [*]Don't make comparisons in front of your children. For example, don't say things like, "Why aren't you as tidy as your brother?" [*]If you feel you have to intervene, first tell your children that you know they're angry. Then give each child the opportunity to tell their side. [*]Rephrase what each child said. Tell them that, even though it's a difficult problem, you believe they can resolve it.[/list:u]