I’ve been a parent long enough to know that you clicked on this post because you feel desperate to STOP SIBLING RIVALRY in your home and cultivate brother and sister love.
Maybe the fighting is out of control and honestly, it seems beyond repair. Or perhaps your kids haven’t gotten there yet, but you feel ever so aware of the possibility of never-ending sibling fighting.
You’re not alone. Sibling rivalry is the single most common concern of parents here at Not Consumed! I think it’s a fair concern, too. It’s hard to live with another person. Even harder when you are a child learning how to navigate life and how to behave in a manner that pleases the Lord!
We are all selfish by nature and it takes years of growing, dying to self, and a LOT of grace to help us even come close to beating that.
So if you hear anything I have to say on this page, please know that if we want to establish strong sibling relationships filled with brother and sister love, we need to give our kids a LOT of grace and a LOT of training.
We have a lot more to say about that, but first, let’s get to your most pressing issue…
WHAT TO DO WITH SIBLING RIVALRY
5 Easy Ways to Stop Sibling Fighting
I wrote a post that lays out five principles for stopping sibling fighting. As parents, we won’t do it perfectly. But we can aim to incorporate principles into everyday life that help our kids learn to navigate the often difficult waters of sibling relationships. You can read that post by clicking the image below.
TOOLS TO END SIBLING RIVALRY AND ENJOY SIBLING LOVE
The solution to sibling rivalry ISN’T combating the fighting. Fighting is merely a symptom of a deeper problem. If the only thing we do is stop the fighting, we are only applying a band-aid to the issue of sibling rivalry. You know this is true because one minute you break up a fight and the next they are fighting about something else.
We know band-aids are a false sense of security and we all know they don’t HEAL anything. Let’s apply this truth to sibling relationships. I’m not saying we ignore the fighting. It needs to be handled (use the practical ideas above to help). But we also have to be doing the MUCH harder work of building the right foundation to stop sibling rivalry.
It all starts with teaching. Anything that we want our kids to become has to begin with a foundation of biblical knowledge and wisdom that we give them as parents. The sibling relationship is no different.
6 Special Reasons God Gave You Siblings
In this post I share the 6 special reasons that God gave you siblings. Sometimes we need reminding that God does have a plan. He is being purposeful even in the siblings He chooses for our kids. Remembering these reasons will help to foster sibling love.
How to Build Strong Sibling Relationships
Once we understand why God gave us siblings, we may need help knowing how to help our kids build strong sibling relationships. In this post I give you 5 practical ways to help them build strong relationships with the siblings God gave them.
8 Awesome Gifts that May Help Ease Sibling Rivalry
One way to encourage healthy sibling relationships is by teaching them to serve one another. And everyone loves a fun gift! These 8 gifts for siblings are sure to help build those loving relationships.
FOR WHEN SIBLING RIVALRY WON’T STOP
The world says siblings are to be hated, and no matter what you do, it’s just going to happen that way. Since this business of sibling relationships is so VERY hard, it’s easy to believe that lie. But, my friend, the world is wrong. We can’t throw up our hands and quit. Let’s roll up our sleeves and get in the trenches.
WE CAN HELP OUR CHILDREN END SIBLING RIVALRY AND ENJOY SIBLING LOVE.
Whatever you do, don’t give up. It’s worth the blood, sweat, and tears as we roll up our sleeves and dig in our heels. Sibling fighting isn’t a way of life. It’s sin. Yes, it’s normal, but that doesn’t make it any more acceptable than any other sin. If you’re still struggling and there are kids fighting in your home… STILL… these posts are for you.
Why are my kids fighting (STILL)
How to Cultivate Brother Sister Love
SIBLING RIVALRY RESOURCES
Looking for some resources to help grow the sibling relationships in your home? These resources will equip you and your kids as you seek to develop loving sibling relationships. Our studies can be done individually or as a family Bible study! And our t-shirts and bracelets make great wearable reminders!
Through practical tools & Bible-based resources, Kim Sorgius is dedicated to helping your family GROW in faith so you can be Not Consumed by life’s struggles. Author of popular kid’s devotional Bible studies and practical homeschooling tools, Kim has a master’s degree in education and curriculum design coupled with over 2 decades of experience working with kids and teens. Above all, her most treasured job is mother and homeschool teacher of four amazing kiddos.