The relationship between siblings is a very important one, but it can be highly frictional as they grow up. In many cases, as siblings get older they will get on better together. However, it is also possible to foster harmony among siblings. Here are three ways to do just that.
Facilitate Bonding Activities
It’s important for siblings to spend time together that they enjoy. You can facilitate this bonding by setting up nights where the whole family plays board games together or by taking them out to an activity that they will enjoy together. Depending on how old they are, it’s also important that they can spend time together without parental presence. If they are old enough, sending them on a day trip can be a great way for them to bond naturally.
Be a Positive Role Model
One of the most important things you can do as a parent to foster sibling harmony is to set a good example. If you display patience and generosity in your interactions with other people, your children will pick up on this and should learn to treat each other the same way.
Encourage and Celebrate Individuality
Sometimes siblings can feel very competitive with each other which can create hostility. One way to combat this is to deliberately celebrate each of your children’s individuality. This can help your children to appreciate their own unique attributes that they bring to the family. You can also encourage your older siblings to celebrate their siblings’ achievements which will set a good example for your kids of how to interact with each other.