Parent Tip of The Week: Fostering Sibling Relationships

Published on Apr 14, 2020

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If you are a family with more than one child, all this extra time at home together might be making sibling relationships a little more challenging. Arguments over toys, space and parents' attention are normal. 

When conflicts between siblings arise, try to let them work it out as much as possible. Solving their own problems teaches children to get along with others, when to take a stand and when to compromise, and how to see someone else’s point of view. Adults should step in to help when the situation is not physically or emotionally safe for one of the children.  

Follow these steps:

  1. Avoid taking a side, instead focus on keeping everyone safe and helping them understand each other’s point of view.
  2. Ask each child to share their thoughts and feelings. If the child is not able to talk for themselves, share what you think they would want to say. 
  3. Talk together about possible solutions.
  4. Have the children choose the solution and put it into action. 

For more tips on siblings check out this article: Sibling Rivalry

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Remember the ELS team is here to support you and want to hear from you! Please reach out to any of the following staff:

Emily Conigliaro, parent educator 952-681-6228
Eve Clarke, parent educator 952-681-6973
Sarah Sundberg Perry, parent educator para español, 952-681-6256
Debra Goebel, ECFE coordinator and parent educator 952-681-6257
Melissa Nesbitt, school psychologist 952-806-8940
Livia VanHorne, school social worker 952-806-8939