The beginning of sibling rivalry often starts with the birth of a second child. It is the experience of jealousy and competition between siblings. Parents complain about the ongoing fighting and conflict their children display with each other and can often be a source of high frustration, stress and parental dissatisfaction.

Children may display rivalry inappropriately competing for parental attention due to an immature developmental stage, fight attempting recognition of unique talents and virtues. Or, if they perceive unfairness in the family. Your child may verbalize the typical expression, “You love my brother more than me.”

Fortunately, most siblings outgrow their rivalry and end up with very close relationships in adulthood, but how parents managed their conflicts do play a role in the successful passage of this common stage.

At Healthy Connections, we are experienced in guiding families and promoting practice of conflict resolution, communication skills, anger management and more.