How Do I Handle Sibling Competition?

Often when we intervene with siblings, we end up unintentionally increasing sibling competition; here’s how to decrease it.

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27 Min

It’s hard for kids to share their parents. Siblings can feel like they’re competing for the ultimate resource: your love and attention. While we can’t get rid of those competitive feelings, we can help our kids learn to recognize and regulate them (and this of course is what leads to improved behavior!). In this week’s episode, Dr. Becky offers several strategies to parents navigating sibling rivalry—from validating our kid’s tricky feelings about siblinghood to encouraging cooperation to introducing mantras through play.

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