If you have children of the same sex and similar age, they’re more likely to compare themselves against each other and have a competitive relationship. While a little competition is healthy, if one child consistently out-performs another, you may end up with issues of low self-esteem, depression and jealousy in the other.
While some children are naturally fiercely competitive, they’re less likely to be competitive with their siblings if they are encouraged to develop their own interests – and you show an equal amount of enthusiasm in your children’s achievements.
Conflict and arguing between children:
Arguments between your children are inevitable – and while you may find the low-grade bickering difficult to deal with, this is actually the way your children will work out how to sort out their problems, get on with others and develop a sense of equity.
So if you try to resist your urge to settle every dispute, you’ll find that over time your children will learn how to resolve conflict quickly and fairly.
If you do need to get involved – because the argument’s getting physical or is escalating to an unacceptable level – be sure that you deal with everyone equally.
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