Having a new brother or sister at any age is an adjustment. Sometimes, parents think that having siblings is great, and other times they wonder what they got themselves into. We often are asked how do I get my children to get along? The answer: it depends. It depends on your children’s ages, their developmental stages, and even their personalities. But don’t worry, with the many factors that can impact the sibling relationship, all hope is not lost. There are things you can do as the parent to help encourage a positive relationship between your kids.
What parenting methods can I try?
Having siblings can be hard for the kids, as well as the parents. However, modeling the behaviors you want to see, making sure that family values are clearly communicated, and spending quality time with each child independently can help ease some of the sibling squabbles that may occur.
Monet Somerville, MS
Monet received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from North Carolina Wesleyan College. She then went on to receive her Master’s in Science in Psychology with a Concentration in Child and Adolescent Development from Capella University. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Developmental Psychology with a Concentration in Child and Adolescent Development. Monet is also a licensed Trust Based Relational Intervention Practitioner.
Prior to working to The Parenting Center, Monet worked as a Case Manager in a residential facility for adolescent girls who were in foster care but were unable to be placed in a foster home. She also taught foster parents about child development and the impacts that positive parenting can make on a child.