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Extraordinary Times 30: Siblings Getting Along Better During Quarantine

We might expect sibling rivalry and conflict to intensify during the pandemic, but many families are seeing just the opposite; siblings are getting along better!

There are several reasons for this phenomenon, and we can see this as one of the “silver linings” of coronavirus.

  • Parents are more available and kids are competing for parents’ time that used to be more limited.
  • Kids don’t have friends to play with and siblings have become playmates.

Parents can help reduce rivalry by:

  • Give each child time alone with the parent.
  • More hands-on teaching about the benefits of sharing, taking turns, and valuing each other.
  • Give each child a turn to be “in charge” of the others.
  • Reflect on the nice things the kids did together each day.