Do you agree with this sentence? Children should have the ability to socialize and cooperate willingly and harmoniously with others, without neglecting their own needs.
If so, then they must have opportunities to engage in conflict with children their own age, or those close in age. This skill is not something that can be learned from a book, or from an adult. Actual attempts to cooperate – some successful and some unsuccessful – must occur for a child to gain long-term socialization skills.
In addition, consider this: While one might spend forty to fifty years with one's parents, life with a sibling can last sixty to eighty years.
When siblings fight...it can be scary because they might hurt each other, and the intensity of their fight can be shocking. Boys fight more physically, while girls fight verbally by saying mean and hurtful things. Sibling rivalry emerges when children are as young as 3 or 4 years old, and can be at its worst when kids are between 8 and 12 years old. Siblings close in age who have similar interests tend to compete more.
On the other hand, sibling rivalry can teach children negotiation skills, compromise and how to resolve conflict. Sharing, empathy and creativity are also positive benefits of sibling rivalry.
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