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Brothers and sisters do not always get along swimmingly while they’re growing up. Sibling rivalry is common and some parents try to mediate the situation, hoping that the altercations will have no lasting effects. Now research is showing that sibling rivalry can have a great effect on your children, even a lasting effect. Your children may take these issues from childhood into adulthood as their issues manifest into serious psychological challenges. The new research shows that parents who intervene in sibling battles are doing their children a great disservice. Yes, fighting siblings are likely to develop depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem down the road, but parents who put themselves in the middle make the situation worse. The study shows that the damage from doing so is long-term. Parents can only set clear boundaries in the home in an effort to stop the fighting. Intervening may lead the children to believe that you are picking favorites and choosing sides so the best thing to do it to stay out of it. Assistant professor of psychological science, at the University of Missouri, Nicole Campione-Barr says, “Although parents may be inclined to step in as arbiters, previous research has found that parents’ interventions into adolescent sibling conflict can be detrimental. In concert with those prior findings, we believe our research suggests that setting household rules such as ‘knock before entering a sibling’s room’, can be the best means for parents to resolve disputes and avoid appearing to play favorites. A calendar of chores and defined time limits for turns with a video game can help reduce conflicts. However, if a parent notes that one child consistently gets the short end of the stick, action should be taken to ensure one child isn’t being too subordinate.”

How Breaking Up Your Children’s Fights Damages Them

Family FightingBrothers and sisters do not always get along swimmingly while they’re growing up. Sibling rivalry is common and some parents try to mediate the situation, hoping that the altercations will have no lasting effects. Now research is showing that sibling rivalry can have a great effect on your children, even a lasting effect. Your children may take these issues from childhood into adulthood as their issues manifest into serious psychological challenges.

The new research shows that parents who intervene in sibling battles are doing their children a great disservice. Yes, fighting siblings are likely to develop depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem down the road, but parents who put themselves in the middle make the situation worse. The study shows that the damage from doing so is long-term. Parents can only set clear boundaries in the home in an effort to stop the fighting. Intervening may lead the children to believe that you are picking favorites and choosing sides so the best thing to do it to stay out of it.

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3 comments

  1. Let the bootlipped little savages fight to the death! It will make them tougher for when they're slingin dope or turnin tricks in the hood.

  2. terrible ape parenting

    rofl parents are clueless.

  3. lol You filthy oar tuggers are so pathetic. "New research shows" that parents who intervene in sibling battles are doing their children a great disservice? Always trying to figure out why all nogs are savages.

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