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Sibling Rivalry

The relationship we have with our siblings in most instances is the basis for all of our other relationships and how we make our way in the world. When children interact with their siblings they are testing and exploring the limits of social behaviour. It’s one way how children learn what to do when confronted with life’s challenges. Sibling rivalry is defined as competition between siblings for the love, affection and attention of one or both parents or for other recognition or gain. Sibling rivalry can be more noticeable and can also be more problematic when children of the same gender are close in age.

Tips for Parents
Ignoring sibling rivalry should be avoided, instead find positive ways to deal with the situation. Parents should try to treat their children individually and not compare them with each other. If one child is better behaved than another it’s best not to bring it up by comparing them. This action may intensify the bad behaviour if you tell one child that their


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Thy Will Be Done

The distinction between equality and fairness is never sharper than when siblings gather to hear the reading of the will. In the blink of an eye, idealistic concepts concerning parental love and familial loyalty are shattered as the family ne’er-do-well receives the lion’s share of the estate.

Instead of the money being distributed equally among siblings, it lands in the lap of the person who seems least deserving.

While parents can justify such a decision, their children probably won’t be quite so generous or understanding in their views and a family crisis is certain to ensue.

For Dr. Steven Hendlin, (www.hendlin.net) a clinical psychologist in Newport Beach, California, and author of Overcoming the Inheritance Taboo: How to Preserve Relationships and Transfer Possessions (available at Amazon.com), the issue of equality and fairness is a recurring theme whenever a death occurs.

“Past resentments with siblings come into play at this time. That’s what makes the inheritance







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