I’m sure that every parent knows how difficult it can be to have to deal with two feuding siblings. Some children have a long-term problem with each other while others will simply go through a period of bickering that only lasts a week or so. But neither of these situations is ideal, and you will need to stop all this fighting as soon as it occurs. That way, your family will start to enjoy spending time together, and your kids won’t be intent on upsetting each other!
But how exactly do you end a war between two siblings? As a matter of fact, it isn’t quite as difficult as you might think. Hopefully, the following ideas should help you create a peaceful household.
Listen To Them
More often than not, kids fight because they think that their sibling is getting preferential treatment. If this is the case, you need to listen to the child who thinks that they are being hard done by. Maybe you could change a way you speak or act around them to show that you view each child equally? It is also important to listen to your children so that they feel able to open up to you. That way, a child will find it easier to talk to you if their brother or sister is ever bullying them. That way, you can act quickly and punish their sibling so that the bullying stops.
Keep Their Belongings Separate
Another main reason why siblings argue and fight so much is that they sometimes don’t share their things or they don’t want their brother or sister to use their belongings and toys without permission. To make sure there is never any confusion over whose is whose, it’s a good idea to keep their belongings completely separate. You should also consider clearly marking their books and think about getting some stationery personalized so that they never fight about who owns certain books, paper, and pens!
Don’t Expect Everyone To Be Happy Every Time
No matter how good you are at mediating an argument between your children, you shouldn’t expect to make each child happy every time. There is no way you will be able to satisfy both children, especially if they have been fighting over toys or sweets. But as long as you have gone with the most just decision, you shouldn’t be worried about leaving one of your children to sulk and be upset with themselves.
Set Clear Rules
Of course, one of the quickest ways to settle any dispute is to prevent them from starting in the first place. And the best way to prevent any arguments from starting is to set out some clear rules from the beginning. This way, your children will know exactly how they are expected to behave. Not only that, though, but you can also state in the rules which toys belong to which child.
Hopefully, this blog post will help you put a stop to your children’s constant arguing. And you can enjoy some peace at last!