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One of the most challenging parts of parenthood is trying to find a way to encourage a positive
sibling relationship. Siblings have a relationship unlike any other in this world. Often times siblings can
get along great one moment and be arguing incessantly the next. There is no rhyme or reason
to why siblings can have such a fragile yet loving bond from a young age. It’s simply how sibling
relationships go. As a parent you can work to encourage a positive sibling relationship when you try
the following tips.
5 Ways Parents Can Encourage Positive Sibling Relationship
Age Appropriate Board Games
Having siblings play board games together is an easy way to keep them away from having too
much electronic time and encourage the socialization between siblings. Find some board games
that each sibling actually enjoys. Take turns each day having the siblings play a board game that
each likes and watch as they work together to communicate a strategic plan or compete on
who will win. Sure some board games are competitive in nature, but even then it’s a healthy
form of competition that can create a sportsmanship like attitude. This sportsmanship attitude
will help encourage a positive sibling bond in no time.
Look at old Photos of the Siblings
Pull out the photo albums or a digital album if you no longer have the old school photo albums
in your home. Have the siblings look at photos of the past. Often times we have a collection of
photographs that showcase a positive sibling bond. Perhaps your children are starting to bicker
more often and need this gentle reminder that once upon a time they were best of friends.
Having siblings look at the past when they had good times together will help rekindle that
positive bond and perhaps allow their bond to be more positive.
Practice Positive Parenting Techniques
It will be vitally important that you practice some positive parenting techniques yourself.
Positive parenting techniques focus more on reinforcing positive behavior versus punishing
negative behavior. Having a positive parent is the most important step in encouraging a positive
sibling bond. The children will copy what their parents are doing. Take time to listen to your
children, perhaps they are arguing a lot because you have been yelling more frequently or
punishing too often versus focusing on positive reinforcement tactics. Often times siblings will
speak to each other in a way that they hear the parents speak to them.
Build Self Esteem and Pride
Often times siblings are jealous of each other. You see this comes into play whether you have
two or seven children; it’s simply part of being a sibling. Learn to build the self-esteem and
pride of each sibling. Focus on strengths, accomplishments and try to set the day up to be one
in which each can work on things that they are good at. Surely they need to work on their
weaknesses too, but do so in a way that leads them to feeling a sense of pride. When you work
to build your children’s self-esteem and pride, they are a happier individual which leads to a
positive sibling bond.
Teach Communication Skills
Last, but not least, it’s important for siblings to learn how to communicate their issues. Having a
sibling is the first real relationship a child will have and in turn, they must learn proper skills to
keep that bond a positive one. Siblings need proper communication skills in order to work
through disagreements and problems throughout the day. Practice communication skills by
having your children sit down to speak one at a time to each other when an argument arises.
Let each child express their feelings and thoughts one at a time, then guide them forward in
discussing how each other feels and work towards a solution together.
There you have it, 5 ways parents can encourage a sibling bond. You can easily see that the best
way parents are able to encourage such a positive sibling bond is to be the proper example of
positivity, teach good communication skills and take trips down memory lane on a regular basis.
If you practice each of these tips you will surely find that the children are starting to form a
positive sibling bond again.
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