Hi! We all think about bullying being ANOTHER kid, but what should I do if I feel one of my kids is bullying the other? I know that sibling rivalry is a “thing,” but how far can it go before it is hurtful? My kids are only 13 months apart, and so they have always been close. However, it seems like they are picking on each other alot lately, and I’m not sure of the best way to handle it. Thanks for your advice!
I found this article helpful. “Our child had incredibly low self-esteem. Bullying gave him power and control over something. He told us that it was nice being known as ‘the worst kid in school,’ rather than not being noticed at all.”
I think sibling fights are all good so as it does not go too far as to make one child feel they are treated un fairly. Have a sit down with the bully and ask him/her why they treat their sibling like that and what they did to them. Try and talk them through it and talk about how they are the older one and need to look out for their sibling to protect them from other people.
The rivalry is fine but try not to let it get physical. Your kids need to understand that no matter how much they annoy each other that and the end of the day family is important and always has each others backs.