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When Siblings Fight

Siblings will quarrel. It’s a normal part of growing up. Sometimes it’s caused by jealousy. And sometimes it’s because one sibling won’t respect the other’s boundaries. But quite often it begins when one sibling just isn’t being nice to the other. We have a simple technique that deals with this third reason. In our house, we call it the Golden Rule. What you call it isn’t important. How you use it is.

Try this during the next argument. Ask your children what caused the fight. When you find out that it was because your son was being mean to his sister, remind him of the rule: “Treat others the way you want to be treated.” Watch for instances when they aren’t following the Golden Rule, and remind them to follow it. Soon they will realize that the rule is your expectation of them. It won’t stop all quarrels, but it might prevent a few.

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