Sibling Rivalry

Screen Shot 2016-05-12 at 1.49.38 PMBy Ye Rang Park, Family Living Graduate Assistant

Conflict is natural in close relationships like families; and sibling rivalry is nearly unavoidable. Learning how to resolve conflict with siblings provides a great opportunity for children to practice interpersonal skills, which will continue to benefit them in future relationships. Read the Sibling Rivalry fact sheet for tips to help siblings get along and ideas for when adults should intervene.

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Read the fact sheet:


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