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By Laura Stephens, M.S.
Limited Licensed Psychologist
The kids are fighting…again. What is this the 8th disagreement so far today?! SIGH, let me put down my already cold cup of coffee and get up to intervene before someone gets hurt. Why can’t they just get along? I’m so sick of the fighting!
If you have more than one child, you’re bound to have some sibling disagreements, especially given the Governor’s COVID-19 stay at home order. Especially with younger children, disagreements between siblings are very common and hoping that they “just figure it out on their own” is like handing your 12-year old the keys to your new convertible and telling them to “figure it out!”
Really scary, potentially dangerous and not very effective!
Let’s start with what happens before the screaming match starts. There are a handful of things that well-meaning parents may inadvertently do that actually create more friction between siblings:
Don’t panic here are a few things that parents can do proactively, before the screaming match even starts, that can really help!
It may seem like a lot to take in so just start by choosing 1 or 2 to implement this week and see how that feels. Are you noticing fewer disagreements? Are you feeling calmer and more in control? Great, that’s progress! Keep it up!
Laura Stephens, M.S. is a staff therapist at Child and Family Solutions Center. She works with children, teens and adults. She is conducting teletherapy with her clients and is accepting new referrals. She can be reached at 248-851-5437 and Laura@childfsc.com