WHEN WILL IT END?
There is a very good reason to learn how to manage sibling fighting so that children can grow up and know how to get along with others. There is actually research that tells us specific things that a parent can do. One way is not for all families and sometimes not even all situations. It is a case of trial and error in many cases. There is no quick fix but there are actions that parents can take to help have a more peaceful home. Just know that as parents you must determine if you are an under-responder who believes kids will be kids and they will figure it out. On the other hand is the over-responder who becomes the default mediator at ALL times. Most parents, including me, fall into this category.
- Staying calm and neutral always helps
- Teaches important social skills
- Helps children learn to regulate their negative emotions during a conflict which is a form of mediation
- Allows the children to be a part of the process in resolving the conflict