Sibling Conflict

Soooo… where to begin? Do you feel like you just want to pull your hair out? All you want is some peace and quiet and harmony in your home but your children are constantly at each other’s throats. They pick on each other, do things deliberately they know will annoy their sibling, and constantly ask you to intervene. They fight over who gets more privileges or attention and seem to know all the buttons to push and all the insecurities of their brothers and sisters to get a rise out of them. Don’t even think of going on a road trip because there will be so much strife about who sits where, who is leaning over what line, who controls the snacks, and what music to listen to. Sometimes you wonder if your child’s self esteem is suffering from being constantly berated by their sibling(s). You aren’t sure if you should tune it out and let ‘kids be kids’, or if you should intervene and stop the conflict, or figure out some magical way to teach them how to get along and solve problems between them.

While a lot of this is normal development, the fact that you are reading this probably means that things are a little out of control. We’d be more than happy to help either through family therapy or individual therapy. We can help with conflict resolution, perspective taking, empathy, boundaries, and give you and child strategies to disrupt the cycle before it spirals out of control. Call us today to see if we can help!

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Hewlett, NY 11557

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