Conquer sibling rivalry

January 9, 2008 4:42:08 PM PST
Help your kids get along! Nurse Rona Renner has practical advice.

Host of the popular radio talk show "Childhood Matters" on 98.1 Kiss-FM, nurse Rona Renner, helps us stop sibling rivalry between our kids.

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"Childhood Matters" radio show: airs Sundays 9 AM on 98.1 KISS FM

Rona Renner, RN has been a nurse for over 40 years, and is a temperament specialist and parent educator. She is the Executive Director of Interactive Parenting Media, and the host of Childhood Matters Radio show, Sundays at 9AM on 98.1 KISS FM


    1. Sibling conflict is very common, and for some it goes from laughing and having fun one minute, to yelling and fighting another minute.
    2. Children are often competing for a parents attention, and fighting gets parents involved pretty quickly. There are children who would rather have negative attention, then no attention at all.
    3. Kids are different, and sometimes their individual differences get in the way of them playing together. One child might be very high energy and want to play ball or ride bikes. The other child might be sensitive and lower in energy and prefer to read a book or paint.
    4. Have some fun as a family. It's a great way to reduce the stress for everyone.
    5. Remind them that they don't have to play together, but they do need to be respectful. Model the behavior you want them to display.