4 things you must do if your older child bullies his younger sibling

August 17, 2015
  • Serious attitude
    1 / 4 Serious attitude

    You might think it is funny, perhaps cute, to watch your immature three-year-old push his taller, larger, more capable sister off her chair so that he can sit there himself, but it is not funny.

    When he sees you smile at (or even ignore) this sort of behaviour, he thinks you approve and continues with it.

    Related: 5 ways to stop sibling rivalry

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  • Zero tolerance
    2 / 4 Zero tolerance

    Clamp down hard on instances of bullying among your children.

    In particular, do not allow any form of physical violence between them.

    Your younger child should clearly understand that hitting his sister is always unacceptable.

    (and vice versa, of course)

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  • Cooperation
    3 / 4 Cooperation

    Stimulate cooperation, not competition.

    Encourage your children to play a board game together, or to watch a video together.

    Praise your younger child when he is positive towards his older sibling on these occasions

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  • Explain
    4 / 4 Explain

    Tell your younger child why he should not hit, tease or deliberately upset his big sister.

    Explain that it makes her feel sad, and that she loves him and wants him to love her, too.

    Point out that he would be unhappy if someone did those sorts of things to him.

    (Photos: 123RF.com)

    Related: Sibling rivalry: 4 ways to handle the competitiveness

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