Parents can build strong sibling relationships among their children, starting at a very young age, that will make a happy, healthy family. The relationship between a child and his brother or sister is a special bond that can be a lifelong gift.
In order for a child to have a secure, happy relationship with a brother or sister, he must first feel secure in his relationship with his parents. Much sibling rivalry is due to insecurities, jealousy and competition for the parent's attention.
To help build good, close relationships among their children, parents should demonstrate that they think of their children as individuals and give them the attention they need.
What Parents Can Do to Build Strong Sibling Relationships
For older siblings, the arrival of a baby brother or sister means they will have to learn to share their toys, other belongings and their parents.
It's a common scene at playgrounds and playrooms across the country: Two kids, one toy. Wailing, screaming, stamping feet and grabbing. Sometimes it can seem like kids and sharing will never mix.