This post was sponsored by DreamWorks The Boss Baby movie. All opinions are my
A few days ago, my Facebook memories app reminded me of that around five years ago my girls entered the stage where they were fighting all the time. At the time, my two oldest were four and two–and my third was a newborn.
I had to chuckle to myself when I realized that that stage has never ended!
But, the good news is: We have learned some ways to prevent so many sister squabbles. It’s not always easy, and it’s something we’re constantly working on, but we’ve found the following three ways to nix sibling rivalry have begun making an impact.
3 Ways to Help Nix Sibling Rivalry
1. Time apart.
Our oldest went to a week-long day camp earlier this summer, and she was gone all day from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Because our girls are part-time homeschooled, they had never spent this much time apart.
On the second day of camp, they began to tell me they missed each other. By the end of the week, they were getting along better than they ever had before!
I learned that sometimes distance does make the heart grow fonder–even among siblings.
2. Media influences.
As the girls have gotten older, Will and I have had to buckle down on what media they are watching and listening to. There are many shows and movies we’ve forbade them to watch simply because the siblings do not treat each other kindly.
But we’ve learned that other movies and shows and books can help foster better sibling relationships. The new movieThe Boss Baby is one of these. We waited to watch this hilarious movie until it was on Blu-ray and DVD. (Even though the girls were begging to see it in the theater!)
The whole premise of the movie is a 7-year-old boy who is having trouble loving and getting along with his new baby brother. This movie came at an ideal time for our three girls, who just welcomed a new baby brother into their home five months ago. They could relate to so much of this movie but also see how the two brothers in the movie learned to get along–and even go on to do a secret mission together.
3. One-on-One Time with Mom and Dad.
Perhaps the biggest impact we’ve seen on helping nix sibling rivalry is one-on-one time with me and Will. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate parent-child date (although it could be). But, consistent one-on-one time with each child makes every relationship in the home better. Sometimes, all it takes it me taking one of the girls to the grocery store with me to get that one-on-one time. They love it.