Our expert says:
Have you also tried posting this quesion on the Parenting forum, to see what other parents may sugest ?
I gather that despite your long and pleasant chats with your 12-year-old, he himself can shed no light on why he feels so angry about his younger brother ? This is in fact a common phase, often one that doesn't last too long, fortunately, ; and if often lessened if the older boy can get more interested in his friends, hobbies and other activities, rather than neein to spend much time with the younger one.
And otherwise handle this as any other basic discipline problem --- amongst what ought to be your short-list of basic rules, one is to treat his brother well and politely ; and any failure to do so results in demerits, sufficient of which loses him some privilege he values ; doing so gains him brownie points towards gaining something else he wants.
What do other readers suggest in this sort of situation ?
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