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Four Facts About Sibling Conflicts In Middle Childhood

Every who has sibling knows about sibling conflicts. But do you really know these science facts?

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1. Sibling conflict peaks in middle childhood.

This is because of the developmental path! In middle childhood, children undergo several developmental changes that impact how they interact with siblings. Children gain increased awareness of one’s individuality, language skills, cognitive skills, and social skills. In another word, they become more skillful on conflicts. Relax, Moms! it usually declines by adolescence.

2. Why Do they have conflict?

Fight over personal possessions is the most common type, because of the development of ownership. Plus as children get older, privacy become a bigger issue for them.

3. There is a gender difference.

Researchers have revealed the gender differences in sibling conflicts. Opposite gender sibling dyads engage in more conflict than same gender dyads, and boys tend to quarrel more than girls do.

4. The two sides of sibling conflicts.

Sibling conflicts can be beneficial in teaching children how to solve problems. But they can be harmful too. Parents should keep their eyes open for these two telltale signs of a destructive sibling relationship: 1.Conflicts cumulate with no resolution, resulting in a poor sibling relationship; 2.Conflicts turn violent, like aggressive behaviors.

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