Home > Parenting > Child > Parenting Updated 08 September 2014 How to deal with sibling rivalry Are your children fighting all the time? Do they accuse you of favouritism? Here are some tips on dealing with sibling rivalry. 0 Shutterstock ASK The Paediatrician » Follow Health24 on Facebook » Quiz Are you ready for a baby? » Subscribe Parenting newsletter » 10 interesting Down syndrome facts Autistic savant 'reads minds' Sibling rivalry can drive parents insane and can be very damaging to the self-esteems and confidence of your children. Fortunately it can be dealt with. Here's how:1. Avoid comparing one child with another2. Watch out for favouritism3. Give each child individual time4. Encourage separate experience for your children with regard to friends, activities etc.5. If one child requires more of your time and attention, compensate for this with your other children.6. Act quickly if you see a pattern of conflict developing between two of your children.7. Try to ignore bickering, squabbles or disagreements. Let your children learn to work these out themselves. If you need to intervene then: - Discipline both children rather than only one of them – it takes two to fight - Never ask, “who started?” – both are responsible - Never expect an older child to act in a more mature fashion than a younger child during conflict - You may need to separate the two children using the ‘time out’ principle8. Repeated patterns of hostility, aggression, teasing and anger must be treated seriously9. Children must be protected from all forms of physical and psychological abuse by one anotherRead more:Parents as happy as least happy childLoving siblings fight depressionYour home is clean but is it healthy?Image from Shutterstock Susan Erasmus, Health24 More in Parenting More evidence gay parents raise well-adjusted kids More: ChildParenting advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Win a Skin Renewal voucher valued at R2 000 Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.