05 May How to Encourage Positive Sibling Relationship
There are a lot of activities to build sibling relationships that can help make them the best of friends who rely on each other.
Siblings who share a strong bond and who love each other are typically happier, which is why learning about the ways to improve sibling relationships is important.
How Sibling Relationships Affect Children
It’s no secret that sibling relationships can be complicated. Some become best friends while others come to loathe each other depending on the circumstances.
A lot of this comes down to upbringing and environment, as well as how parents interact with the children.
If you want your child to have a healthy, loving relationship with his brothers and/or sisters, you will need to pay attention to their various personalities and interactions.
Sibling relationships can have a huge impact on the developmental aspects of your child, after all. These include:
- Emotional and Psychological Security
- Social Interactions
- Academic Performance
- Familial Bond
- Sense of Responsibility
- Drive and Ambition
Suffice it to say, the healthier your child’s relationship with his siblings, the better off he will be in everything else in his life.
Activities for Improving Sibling Relationships
Although there are no guaranteed methods that will improve the relationship of your child with his siblings, there are a few tricks that you can employ.
These tricks come in the form of activities that you can have your children do, with one of the results being their stronger feelings of trust, love, and compassion.
Among the best of these activities are the following:
Nothing sparks the imagination of children more than exploring their world, particularly places that they have never been to before.
Exploration also has the added benefit of roping in everyone involve and cause siblings to rely on each other’s curiosity, excitement, and shared passions.
Even if one of your children is not particularly a lover of the outdoors, they will not be able to resist being able to see new things.
If your children see these new things together, it can become a shared experience that will allow them to grow closer to each other, regardless of their previous interactions.
Parents Vs Kids
Setting your children against each other can be a tricky affair and it can be difficult to prevent resentment from festering if you do.
As such, it would be best to set them against others, which would include you or other members of the family.
This would then foster camaraderie and a sense of teamwork between your children since they are trying to beat others rather than each other.
Doing this will essentially make it clear that they are better off relying on each other and that they can achieve anything as long as they work together.
On that note, it would be best if you start this off with grownups as the opponents so that they can be allowed to win from time to time.
From there, you can ramp up the difficulty until they are ready to face-off against competitors that might be too much for them to handle.
Arranged Messy Play
It’s understandable that you would not want to deal with sticky, slimy, dirty, and dusty things. Unfortunately, these are exactly the kinds of things that children enjoy.
As such, you might want to arrange a day, a time, a place, and a situation wherein your children can enjoy messing around as much as they want.
Messy play is where your children drop all inhibitions so that they can be their true selves and be able to familiarize themselves with each other.
After that, your children can clean up and go back to being the proper, clean kids that you know.
Children love to role play, but there is often the question of who is left with the unwanted character that none of the young participants want. This is where you step in.
Instead of pitting heroes against villains or good guys versus bad guys, your children can all be characters they want so that they can fight you.
Once again, this is meant to foster cooperation, teamwork, and reliance on each other on the parts of your children.
If you have to assume the mantle of the unwanted character to do so, this would certainly be worth it if your children end up feeling closer to each other.
Finally, there is the activity that involves your children giving each other gifts at random times and not necessarily for any special reason.
Now, this is not exactly common practice, but it is encouraged, nonetheless.
It doesn’t have to involve expensive things, either, since this is not the point of the gifts. They can be cards, pictures, letters, or drawings that they made.
The reason for doing this is very simple. It reminds your children that their siblings care for them and that they are in their thoughts.
When your child notices that their brother or sister is sad, for example, they can give them a flower or a snack.
This will foster gratitude and understanding of sincerity.
In conclusion, if you want your children to become closer to each other, you will need to guide them. Understand how you can both encourage or sabotage their relationship, and quietly give them reasons to trust, rely on, and love each other while working or playing together.
For even more content like these that can help your child’s relationship with their siblings, other kids, and even those that would follow them, read the other resources on this site. You can learn more about how to encourage leadership, patience, and managing their anger.