What To Do When Children Fight
Parents usually fail to intervene in escalated sibling conflict,
according to a study recently published in "Developmental
Psychology," even though they think they should intervene.
And this lack of parental action often results in life-long
psychological problems, often severe, especially for the
younger children who were victimized.
Here's how parents can help:
* Avoid Taking Sides, because it may spur feelings of
jealousy or increased hostility.
* Acknowledge children's feelings, encouraging them to
learn to communicate with one another.
* Suggest ways that children might learn how to solve
* Don't Punish children without an explanation - and
don't threaten them.
* Set Limits by clearly identifying the types of behavior
that are not acceptable.
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