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What is sibling rivalry?

Sibling rivalry, a completely normal behavior, is the bickering that occurs between children who are vying for their parents' love and attention.

Parents should refrain from intervening in sibling arguments, unless there is a threat of physical harm, Kidshealth.org recommends. This will force children to deal with their squabbles on their own, and will minimize the potential for parents to side with one child over another.

Parents can help keep the peace by spending one-on-one time with each child and regularly reminding them that there are no limits to parental love.

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