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May 8, 2014
An Indirect Approach to Sibling Conflict
One great way to challenge the sibling conflict problems in a household is to play games with your children. Games are miniature scenarios about real life. Whether you’re playing a board game, a card game, or some kind of communication or role playing game, children have to use relational skills.
Playing games can teach children how to win, how to lose, how to show mercy, and how to talk humbly. As you play games with your children, model honor. Have fun and enjoy the game but avoid put downs, bragging, boasting, hurtful revenge, and meanness. That seems to be hard even for some parents these days.
Teach children how to win without being hurtful, how to lose without complaining, how to make a good move with humility, and show honor whether you’re winning or losing. Kids need to see these things modeled in games so they can learn how to handle similar situations in life.
Choose your comments wisely as you correct or confront others who may not handle themselves well. You may let some things go, but your comments are important and children learn from the things you say.
You may see selfishness and bad attitudes demonstrate themselves. Look for loving ways to correct while still enjoying the game. Play games regularly and continue to look for ways to communicate honor and challenge dishonoring behavior and words. You’ll be surprised at how much you can teach without your children even realizing they’re in a classroom.
This parenting tip comes from the book “Say Goodbye to Whining, Complaining, and Bad Attitudes, In You and Your Kids” by Dr Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN.